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Divorce Attorney Assists Clients With Hartford Alimony Matters

Helping clients obtain or modify spousal support arrangements in Connecticut

Following a divorce, typically one spouse relies on the other for some sort of financial support for a period of time, particularly when one spouse was the primary financial provider for the family during the marriage. While spousal support — also known as alimony — is not guaranteed in Connecticut, we at Carlo Forzani LLC provide alimony lawyer representation to clients seeking spousal maintenance and to those wishing to adjust or modify the payments they owe.

Who is entitled to alimony in Hartford?

According to Connecticut law, spouses have a joint duty to support their family. If one spouse makes a significantly higher income, he or she is similarly supporting the other spouse. When couples divorce, each spouse is entitled to maintain a comparable standard of living to what the family experienced prior to the divorce. This is true even if one spouse earned significantly less money during the marriage or did not work at all and instead took care of the children or maintained the home. Alimony is used in these types of situations to allow a spouse with limited individual financial resources time to become self-supporting without experiencing unreasonable financial distress in the meantime.

How is spousal support decided?

Connecticut is a state that does not impose specific guidelines for calculating spousal support, and instead provides a list of factors for a judge to consider when determining whether an individual deserves alimony, the amount he or she deserves, the frequency of payments and their duration. Even in complex divorce cases, alimony is primarily decided based on need and ability to pay. The specific factors include the following:

  • Length of the marriage
  • Grounds for the divorce
  • Ages and health of each spouse
  • Standard of living
  • Each spouse’s occupation and income
  • Each spouse’s vocational skills and potential for employment
  • Joint and individual estates
  • Other sources of income
  • Division of property
  • Role as the custodial parent

Depending on the circumstances, a spouse may be entitled to temporary or permanent alimony. The judge can also decide whether alimony will be paid in a lump sum or on a schedule, and the duration, which is usually determined based on the length of the marriage. It should be noted that spousal support payments end if the dependent spouse remarries.

Modifying spousal support arrangements

Many of our clients come to us seeking alimony payment modification. Courts typically grant this and other post divorce modifications when one or both spouses’ circumstances have changed — for instance, the paying spouse loses his or her job and is unable to pay, or the receiving spouse becomes gainfully employed and no longer has a need for support.

Obtain alimony with help from a spousal support lawyer in Hartford, CT

To learn about how Carlo Forzani LLC can help you address an issue relating to alimony payments, contact our firm online or call 860-841-5808 to reach us by phone. Our attorney brings over 37 years of experience in divorce and family law to bear on your behalf.