in Connecticut


Alimony is financial support paid from one spouse to the other following a divorce. The rationale behind alimony is that sometimes spouses have a continuing duty to support the other after divorce. 

When making alimony orders, the Court considers the statutory criteria in Connecticut General Statute 46b-82, including the length of the marriage, the causes for the breakdown of the  marriage, the age, health, station, occupation, amount and sources of income, earning capacity, vocational skills, education, employability, estate and needs of each of the parties, and the award, if any, which the court may make pursuant to Connecticut General Statute 46b-81 (Assignment of Property and Transfer of Title), and, in the case of a parent to whom the custody of minor children has been awarded, the desirability and feasibility of such parent's securing employment. 

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