Lawsuit Challenges Connecticut Alimony Laws

, The Connecticut Law Tribune

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Four plaintiffs have filed a complaint challenging the constitutionality of Connecticut's alimony laws on the grounds that they affect a "fundamental liberty interest in ending a marriage and in remarrying."

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  • kpr

    This is another example of the financially corrupt US legal system. Only lawyers participate in the gain. Look at other countries for best practices and standards.
    CFE

  • MVP

    Having children and staying home to raise them is a choice, not a right. A spouse who opts to stay home should be fully aware of the choice and the attendant consequences. My ex wouldn't go back to work after our kids were school age - and still isn't working even though our kids are 23, 22, 20. At most she should have been out of the workforce for a few years and then rejoined. She refused. And now I'm stuck paying 11 years of alimony because of her choice. The system needs overhaul. I'm tired of hearing about spouses who feel entitled because they chose to stay home. You can't have it all in life. Choose kids? Choose to stay home. Understand the consequences.

  • David Conway

    I found that the lawsuit was a well written presentation.

    Not sure that suing the Governor was the best approach to this, but I welcome the legitimate debate over the purpose of alimony and the State's role in managing it.

    Bill 6688 signed by Governor Molloy and effective October 1, 2013 requires hearings to be held on this topic.

  • Susan

    Ordered to pay former husband's attorney fees.

  • Susan

    Mind the typos, you can't fix them on a phone: the comment gets erased.

  • Susan

    Mind the typos, you can't fix them on a phone: the comment gets erased.

  • Susan Skipp

    I was a wife ordered to pay attorney fees. My former husband, 85 percent if the household income, did not pay any of my fees.
    Also, marriage is a legal contract. Those whining men aren't thinking about the ability their former wives gave them to facilitate their earning potentials while they provided emotional support, cared for the home and children, hosted events, gone to events to convey their husbands' appearance of model citizenship and that he conforms to cultural and societal expectations. Perhaps during that time, these wives put off their own professional and educational goals to facilitate the husbands' careers? Is this devalued as soon as the spousal relationship is over. I know a man who is a stay at home dad and does the above mentioned roles. No way could his wife have ever attained her status without his emotional, financial and later raising if the children and maintaining a home. As my crooked family law attorney no less crooked than all in it said to me when all the assets I had before marriage disappeared during it to support my former husbands educational and professional roles as well as kept him out if jail for back alimony and child support from the marriage prior to mine, "You can't redo your financial decisions you made in marriage." Whiners: this is what a pre-nup is for!

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