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What is Alimony or Spousal Support in Connecticut?

Alimony, which is the same as spousal support, is money paid by one spouse to another either during the divorce, or upon the divorce becoming final, towards the receiving spouse’s living and other expenses. It can be limited to a term of years, or payable for a lifetime, depending on the particular circumstances of the case.

How does the Court determine how much money will be paid and for how long?

There are no firm statutory guidelines for alimony in Connecticut. However, the Court must consider certain factors when determining the amount and duration of alimony, including:

  • length of the marriage;
  • cause of the breakdown of the marriage;
  • age and health of the parties;
  • each party’s income and employability;
  • assets and needs of each party; and
  • which parent is primarily caring for the parties’ minor children.

In assessing what is appropriate alimony in your particular case, it is important that your family law attorney uses financial software to calculate the after-tax consequences of an alimony order (alimony is tax-deductible by the payor spouse and taxable to the payee spouse) so that you know how much money you are actually paying out, or keeping.

How is child support in Connecticut determined?

The Connecticut Child Support Guidelines establish child support based upon the combined net income of both parents. Child support is payable until a child reaches age 18 or, if still enrolled in high school, until age 19. Additionally, the parties are each required to contribute to the cost of unreimbursed medical and dental expenses as well as work-related child care expenses. Additional factors may be taken into consideration in determining child support, such as the special needs of a child or where the parties equally share parenting time with the child. Additionally, additional expenses of the children may be considered such as extra-curricular activities, religious education, and educational expenses. When a child is ready to go to college, the Court may enter an order requiring the parents to each contribute to their child’s college education.

Modification and Enforcement of Support Orders:

How can I modify or enforce a child support or alimony order in Connecticut?

Where there is a substantial change in one of the party’s financial circumstances, an alimony or child support order may be modifiable. Your particular circumstances may require the services of a family law attorney to seek a modification of your support order based upon such factors as job loss or illness. Or you may need a strong advocate to seek enforcement of a support order against a non-paying spouse. In either case, I will swiftly and vigorously represent your interests and protect your rights in court.

For a Family Law consultation regarding child support, alimony, spousal support, modification of support orders or enforcement of support orders in CT, please contact my office at (203) 557-0577 or complete the contact form on this site. My office is conveniently located at 3 Bridge Square in Westport, Connecticut.


Dori-Ellen S. Feltman, Family Law CT, serves clients throughout Fairfield County and New Haven County, Connecticut, including Greenwich, Darien, Norwalk, Wilton, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport, Danbury, Bethel, Milford, Trumbull, Monroe, Newtown, Shelton, Danbury, Ridgefield.