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What types of alimony can you get in a Connecticut divorce?

On Behalf of | Jun 28, 2024 | Alimony, Divorce

Divorce can be a complex process, and understanding the different types of alimony available in Connecticut can help you navigate it. Alimony, also known as spousal support, is a financial support payment from one spouse to the other after a divorce. 

There are several types of alimony that the court may award based on the circumstances of the divorce.

Temporary alimony

Temporary alimony, also called pendente lite alimony, provides financial support to the lower-earning spouse during the divorce proceedings. It helps maintain the standard of living for the spouse in need until reaching a final divorce settlement.

Rehabilitative alimony

Rehabilitative alimony supports the recipient spouse while they become financially self-sufficient. This type of alimony is often awarded when one spouse needs time and resources to gain the education or training necessary to re-enter the workforce. The goal is to help the recipient achieve independence within a specified period.

Permanent alimony

Permanent alimony is less common and is awarded in cases where the recipient spouse is unlikely to become self-sufficient due to age, illness, or disability. This type of alimony continues indefinitely or until the recipient remarries or either spouse passes away. Permanent alimony is usually reserved for long-term marriages where significant disparities in earning capacity exist.

Lump-sum alimony

Lump-sum alimony is a one-time payment made from one spouse to the other. This type of alimony can be awarded instead of or in addition to other types of alimony. It provides immediate financial support and can simplify financial separation by avoiding ongoing payments.

Reimbursement alimony

Reimbursement alimony compensates one spouse for expenses incurred during the marriage that contributed to the other spouse’s career or education. For example, if one spouse worked to support the other while they attended school, reimbursement alimony might be awarded to repay the supporting spouse for their financial sacrifices.

Factors influencing alimony decisions

When determining the type and amount of alimony, Connecticut courts consider several factors, including:

  • The length of the marriage
  • The age and health of both spouses
  • The earning capacity and income of both spouses
  • The standard of living during the marriage
  • Contributions to the marriage, including homemaking and childcare
  • The needs of each spouse and their ability to meet those needs independently

Exploring your alimony options

Understanding the different types of alimony available in Connecticut can help you better prepare for your divorce proceedings. Each type serves a specific purpose, and by familiarizing yourself with them, you can better prepare for financial possibilities after your divorce.