How Much Alimony Will I Receive?

During a divorce, a settlement agreement must be made. Sometimes, one of the spouses is granted alimony payments as a part of the settlement. Alimony can help a person support themselves and maintain their quality of life after the divorce has been finalized. Many spouses want to know, “How much alimony will I receive.”

Alimony Is Determined On A Case-By-Case Basis

In Connecticut, there are many factors that go into determining if a person is to receive alimony payments and how much money they will receive for those payments. The factors that the courts consider when granting alimony payments include:

  • Length of marriage
  • Cause of divorce
  • Age
  • Health of the spouses
  • Occupation
  • Quantity and source of income
  • Education
  • Employability
  • Needs
  • The Child custody agreement

Typically, a marriage that has lasted a longer amount of time than a shorter marriage will receive more spousal support. There are situations in which one of the spouses may have been a stay at home parent throughout the course of the marriage and therefore, does not have a way to financially support themselves after the divorce becomes finalized.

Spousal support payments, or alimony, can be awarded to a spouse so that a person can go back to school and make a career for themselves. The purpose of this is so that one day they will be able to financially support themselves. Alimony payments do not always last for the rest of a person’s life. In fact, sometimes they only last a few years until the person receiving the money is able to support themselves financially. The judge has the ability to suspend, modify or terminate these payments at any time. Alimony can be terminated when the spouse receiving alimony payments remarries. Alimony payments can also terminate upon the death of either spouse.


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