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Connecticut Divorce Alimony


The Connecticut divorce alimony is based on the income capacity of both the spouses as well as the distribution of the marital property among the two spouses. So, before claiming for alimony the court makes it sure that whether both the spouses have come to the settlement related to division of properties and assets that both the spouses used to enjoy during their marriage life. In case the spouses fail to come to any fruitful understanding regarding divorce alimony, the judgment of the court in determining the sum of awarding the alimony is affected to a great extent.

The court of Connecticut does not consider any sort of marital fault while declaring the dissolution of marriage and most of the divorce are regarded as no fault divorce. But while making the decision of awarding alimony, the court does count the marital misconduct as one of the determinants of Connecticut divorce alimony.

Generally, the spouse who is claiming the alimony can reapply petition for the sanction of alimony if the court has already denied the payment of alimony to him or her. But if the court has declared alimony even if it is a small amount, the receiving spouse has the right to move to the court in future in order to review the sum of alimony that he or she is entitled to receive. To keep the option open for re-modifying the structure of the alimony sum often the court declares a nominal alimony amount of $1.00 per year. The following are the various options of alimony payments that are generally granted by the court of Connecticut.

$1.00 per year Incase all the requirements related to alimony are sufficed, the alimony of $1.00 per year can be reviewed in favor of the receiving spouse.

Rehabilitative alimony - Rehabilitative alimony is to be provided by the financially stable spouse if the other spouse is pursuing an educational course or in the process of increasing skills for job opportunities so that he or she is benefited by becoming financially self-sufficient in the near future.

Lump sum and periodic alimony The lump sum alimony and periodic alimony is declared by the court when it finds that the receiving spouse really requires the money to support a healthy living. Lump sum is provided as a hefty amount at one single point of time while the periodic alimony is paid at equal installments either on a weekly basis or a monthly basis.

The alimony is taxable income for the receiving spouse while tax on alimony paid by the other spouse is exempted from it. So, the alimony is regarded as a very effective mechanism of balancing the tax burden as the tax is to be paid by the spouse whose burden of tax is much less compared to that of the other spouse.


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