The following is a summary of Connecticut alimony laws, and is by no means intended to be an all-inclusive description of what to expect in your particular case. In some cases, the exact text of the statute may have been simplified and/or modified to provide for easier understanding. For a more specific understanding of the laws, you should consult the full Connecticut Code and/or consult with an attorney about how the law might apply to your particular situation.

Alimony Guidelines.

In determining whether alimony shall be awarded, and the duration and amount of the award, the court shall hear the witnesses, if any, of each party, and shall consider the following factors:

  1. The length of the marriage,
  2. The causes for the dissolution of the marriage,
  3. The age, health, station, occupation, amount and sources of income, vocational skills, employability, estate and needs of each of the parties,
  4. The property division which the court might make, and
  5. In the case of a parent to whom the custody of minor children has been awarded, the desirability of such parent’s securing employment.

Additional Information.

The same criteria which determine initial alimony award are relevant to the question of modification.

There is no absolute right to alimony. The court isn’t required to give equal weight to each of the specified items it considers in determining an award.

-From Section 46b-82 of the Connecticut Statutes.


This information has been summarized from the Connecticut statutes. You can find the full-text version of these and other Connecticut divorce statutes online here: Connecticut Divorce Laws.




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