Alimony in Connecticut: A Rudderless Ship

The principal question surrounding alimony has not been addressed in over 60 years

The term alimony was first introduced to Connecticut statutes in 1877. Until its revision in 1973, the statute only authorized a husband to pay alimony to a wife. In 1973, the alimony statute was revised to become gender neutral.

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  • Pat

    How can Dan vs Dan be applied to modification of alimony for a payor who is unemployed? A local judge is saying because of Dan vs. Dan you can no longer use capacity to work as an argument. My ex-spouse (payor) is worth several millions, yet the obligation to pay alimony may be dismissed. Where is the incentive for the payor to look for employment? I‘m confused...payee.

  • jeff

    When it comes to fair and equitable alimony and child support payments an attorney I know said it best. "Judges divide the financial pie between the two parties and do not care if the two pieces equals more than 100 percent of the pie."

    The Connecticut Family Court system is broken and antiquated in many areas -- the concepts of alimony and child support is only one such area. Sadly, the professionals who know this best, and are the most qualified to change the system, are the professionals who are benefitting the most financially from the system‘s dysfunction and are the least motivated to drive changes. Unless something changes, the system will continue operating at its dysfunctional worst.

  • David

    Clearly the growing number of pro se litigants is in part evidence that practitioners are unable to adequately advise their clients, but for those who have had professional counsel, the uncertainty also invites abuse.

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