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What is an “All Property” Divorce State?

One of the key pieces of a divorce is the division of property.  An "all property" state -- like Connecticut -- allows courts to divide all of both spouses' property in a divorce. Read on to learn more. What is an "All Property" Divorce State? Some state laws establish two categories of property -- "separate property" and "community property."  Generally speaking, in those states, courts can distribute community Read More

What is a Prenup?

We have all heard of prenups, but you may not know what a prenup actually does or what you can use a prenup for.  Read on to learn more. What is a Prenup? A prenup is also called a "prenuptial agreement" or a"premarital agreement." It allows future spouses to decide and determine what will happen to their finances at the end of their marriage -- whether that marriage ends by death or by divorce.  Today, we will Read More

Alimony: The Comprehensive Connecticut Guide

Alimony is one of the most important issues in divorces.  And, it's one of the most confusing.  There are no set formulas or rules on (1) whether there will be alimony, and, if so, (2) how it's calculated or (3) how long it will last.  The good news is that this means there is tremendous flexibility to craft an individualized approach.  In order to prepare to make solid and informed decisions, you need to understand Read More

What’s the Interplay Between Alimony and Child Support?

The interplay between alimony and child support in Connecticut divorces can be confusing. Read on to learn more. Purpose of Alimony vs. Child Support Child support stems from parents’ duty to support their minor children, whereas alimony flows from spouses’ joint and continuing duty to support each other, even after a marriage has ended. Read: How Long Does Alimony Last? Read: How Does Child Support Work Read More

Can I Get Alimony After a Divorce is Final?

To answer "Can I get alimony after a divorce is final," you first need to explore the court's order in your divorce. Read on to learn more. Alimony in the Initial Court Order Most spouses resolve their divorces via an agreement, which becomes an enforceable order of the court.  These negotiations happen in low conflict litigations, collaborative divorces, and mediations.  In some high conflict cases, spouses Read More

Does Connecticut Have Lifetime Alimony?

Many people wonder whether it is possible to receive lifetime alimony in Connecticut.  It is. Lifetime alimony, often called “open ended” alimony, is alimony that a court orders while a divorce is pending. Read on to learn more. Alimony Timeframes There are three types of alimony timeframes in Connecticut: Temporary or Pendente Lite Alimony Rehabilitative or Time Limited Alimony Lifetime or Open Read More

How Long Does Alimony Last?

There three major questions when it comes to alimony.  First, will there be alimony at all?  Second, if, so, how much?  Third, for how long? Read on to learn the answer to the third question: "How long does alimony last?" Purpose of Alimony The concept of alimony in Connecticut divorces flows from spouses’ joint and continuing duty to support each other, even after a marriage has ended.  The history and Read More

What’s the Point of $1 Alimony?

Sometimes the judge will order or spouses will agree to $1 of alimony.  People often wonder: "What's the point?" Read on to learn the reasons behind dollar alimony provisions. Future Alimony If the court doesn't award alimony to a spouse at the time of a divorce, it loses jurisdiction to award alimony to that spouse in the future.  As a result, spouses' separation agreements and judges' decisions often contain Read More

Do You Have to be Divorced to Receive Alimony?

Many people wonder whether it is possible to receive alimony while a divorce is pending.  It is. There are three types of alimony timeframes in Connecticut: Lifetime or Open Ended Alimony Rehabilitative or Time Limited Alimony Temporary or Pendente Lite Alimony Temporary alimony, often called "pendente lite" alimony, is alimony that a court orders while a divorce is pending. Read on to learn Read More

What’s the Interplay Between Alimony and Property Division?

The interplay between alimony and property division in Connecticut divorces can be confusing. Read on to learn more. Factors Considered The Connecticut statutes provide factors for consideration for both alimony and property division. The factors considered for property division are essentially the same as for alimony, with a couple of exceptions.  For alimony, courts consider the desirability and feasibility Read More