New Haven Alimony Lawyer
Many people enter into divorce with misconceived notions about how alimony works and what its purpose is. In recent years, the concept behind alimony has evolved into one that is focused on rehabilitation. In other words, the purpose of alimony has largely shifted from a punishment payment for bad behavior, to assistance for a spouse to maintain a reasonable standard of living while he or she learns new employment skills and builds a new life.
Milford Spousal Support Attorney
Attorney Nancy Noyes works closely with clients to help them understand Connecticut’s laws regarding alimony. There are many factors that must be considered when determining whether alimony should be paid and how much, including:
- Length of the marriage
- Amount and sources of income
- Age of parties
- Health of parties
- Vocational skills
- Causes for divorce
- Needs of parties
- In the case of parents, desirability of seeking employment
Since one of the goals of alimony is to help spouses get back on their feet, it is awarded on a permanent basis in a minority of cases, which usually include a long-term (20-plus years) marriage and a significant discrepancy in income. Spousal maintenance is usually temporary, allowing the lower-earning spouse to continue to enjoy a reasonable standard of living while pursuing education or job training that will allow him or her to earn a better living in the future.
As there is no mathematical formula for alimony, in order to understand how alimony is crafted, it is best to speak with an experienced divorce lawyer. Attorney Noyes has helped clients understand their rights and obligations with respect to alimony for more than 30 years.
It is possible to modify spousal maintenance post-divorce (as long as the divorce decree has not altered your rights) as long as you or your ex-spouse can demonstrate a substantial change in circumstances since the entry of the alimony order.