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Child custody determinations in Connecticut

As is the case in every state, Connecticut courts have consistently held that in making child custody decisions, the overriding factor is the welfare of the child. That standard is also set forth in the relevant statute that provides that, while the court will consider the wishes, rights and responsibilities of the parents, it must enter an order that is in the child's best interests.

Some aspects of Connecticut alimony laws

Alimony is an amount of money that one party must pay to the other after a divorce. It is considered the continuing obligation of the party to support the former partner until the recipient gains financial stability or remarries. Alimony in Connecticut can be ordered by the court in a number of ways. It may be payments over time for a definite period, it may be a lump sum payment or it may be a permanent payment until the spouse dies or remarries.

How alimony agreements work in Connecticut

Alimony, also known as spousal support, is typically given by the spouse with a greater income to the spouse with a lesser income. This is designed to help the transition more smoothly into a life outside the marriage. In some cases, alimony is only temporary, presumably while the lesser-income spouse becomes more employable. In other cases, it may be deemed that the lesser-income spouse requires permanent alimony. All spousal support decisions are handled on a case by case basis.

Determining home state in interstate custody cases

In Connecticut, some couples may be facing the challenge of interstate custody arrangements. Knowing how these cases are handled can help parents prepare themselves for court. In many of these cases, jurisdiction plays a large role in how child custody decisions are made, and a number of factors determines jurisdiction.

How child support is determined in Connecticut

In Connecticut, each parent is expected to spend a certain percentage of his or her income on their child or children. When a couple splits, it is believed that the same amount of financial support should still be going towards the cost of raising the child. This principle influences the court's determination of how much each parent should be paying, with the non-custodial parent's contribution taking the form of child support.

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