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Alimony awards based on multiple factors

When two individuals get divorced, the court may decide to award spousal support to one spouse. The awarding of this spousal support, also known as alimony, may be based on a certain agreement by the couple, or it may be based on the court's decision. A few tips may help people navigate a divorce proceeding involving alimony, which can be complicated in Connecticut.

Alimony limits any unjust economic impacts of a divorce proceeding by providing continuing income to the spouse who did not earn money or who earned little during the marriage. This is particularly justifiable if one spouse decided to forgo having a career in order to remain at home and support his or her family. Receiving alimony allows such an individual to have time to develop any job-related skills or training so that he or she can ultimately support himself or herself. Alimony may also help the spouse continue to enjoy the standard of living he or she had prior to the divorce.

Alimony awards are based on several factors that the court takes into consideration. These factors include the former spouses' financial conditions, emotional states, physical conditions and ages. The court also considers how much time the alimony recipient would need for training in order to become as self-sufficient as possible.

When dealing with alimony, one spouse may be concerned about being ordered to pay an unreasonable amount. Meanwhile, the other spouse might be worried about not receiving enough in spousal support. Proper legal guidance may help both parties seek the outcomes they desire in Connecticut.

Source: FindLaw, "Spousal Support (Alimony) Basics", Accessed on Sept. 9, 2015

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