Family Law

The Myth Of Alimony Reform

Proposed bill would have been unfair to recipients, children

, The Connecticut Law Tribune


A good starting question for the debate on alimony reform in Connecticut is: What, if anything, about Connecticut law on alimony actually needs to be changed? It is already gender neutral. Complaints about lifetime alimony awards make for a good sound bite, but actual lifetime awards are increasingly rare. Even where lifetime alimony is awarded, the preference under Connecticut law is for modifiability. The tone of the debate on alimony reform should not be set by the complaints and anecdotes of an angry, unrepresentative few. To embrace that agenda would be to cheapen the obligations attendant on the institution of marriage itself in order to allow former spouses to be cast aside with greater ease.

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