Retain A Tenacious Alimony Attorney In Fairfield County
Ending your marriage is a difficult and emotional process, and one of the thorniest issues that can arise during a divorce is whether alimony will be paid. Alimony, also known as spousal support, exists to ensure that when one former spouse is financially dependent upon the other, they will continue to support their former spouse so that they are not rendered destitute.
My name is Susan A. Moch, and I have been serving the people of Westport for over 45 years in family law and divorce cases. Whether you are looking for help in the initial establishment of alimony or a post-decree modification of your alimony, I can provide you with the representation that you need.
How Exactly Does Alimony Work In Connecticut
So you know what alimony is, but you are not quite sure how it works? I can help you find the answers that you are seeking. During a divorce, the financially dependent spouse may request that the court grant alimony both during the course of the proceedings as well as after the divorce is finalized. The judge in your case will determine whether or not alimony is appropriate by assessing all assets and finances, along with relevant factors.
There are three types of alimony that can be awarded during the divorce: temporary alimony, rehabilitative alimony and permanent alimony. Temporary alimony are payments that are made only during the course of the divorce and will cease once the divorce is finished. Rehabilitative alimony is the second and most common type of alimony granted. This is generally awarded for the financially dependent former spouse to be supported while they are obtaining the necessary skills or education to become financially independent. Finally, permanent alimony exists indefinitely from the time it is granted, however, this is seldom granted anymore by the courts.
Generally, a court may determine several factors, such as the length of the marriage, to decide if alimony is necessary for the dependent spouse. However, you can also negotiate an alimony settlement with your spouse, pending your judge’s approval. Alimony is generally paid in installments, however, some can opt into receiving a lump sum of alimony in lieu of future payments. Alimony arrangements may also be altered by the request of a party in a post-decree modification, if circumstances have impacted their ability to pay, however lump sum alimony and property divisions may not be modified.
Alimony Will Impact Your Taxes
Paying or receiving alimony also has tax implications for both former spouses. Under the current laws, alimony payments to your former spouse are not tax deductible. Similarly, any payments that you might receive from your former spouse are to be counted as income on your taxes. Therefore, if you have an alimony arrangement you must be sure to include it in your annual taxes.
I Can Help You Navigate These Issues
As painful as a divorce is, at the end of the case, you will have the ability to move past it and find a new future for yourself and your family. I can help you with your divorce and any other issues that arise under it, especially alimony. You can call my Westport office at Call, or send me a message online here. I offer free initial consultations, so do not wait to speak with me.