Alimony tax changes will take effect in 2019 and will have a major impact on alimony payments in Connecticut. For years, the payer of alimony has been able to deduct alimony payments from gross income.  The recipient then reported the support as his or her own taxable income. The alimony deduction rule has allowed an…

The law concerning Connecticut cohabitation and alimony is often misunderstood. There is a two part test: Pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes §46b-86 (b), a finding of cohabitation requires findings only (1) that the alimony recipient was living with another person and (2) that the living arrangement caused a change of circumstances so as to alter…

Increase Connecticut Alimony? Yes it can happen.  Alimony orders can be modified unless the divorce decree specifically precludes modification.  Some Separation Agreements provide that the amount can be modified but the term (length of time to pay alimony) cannot be extended.  Other times there is no language at all about modification and therefore changing the…

A Bridgeport Modification of Alimony or a Stamford Modification is a common filing.  That’s because under Connecticut law, either spouse can petition the court for a post judgment modification of alimony unless the divorce decree precludes modification.  The request may be to increase or decrease the award, or temporarily or permanently stop the payments. The…

I get a few calls per month about modifying Connecticut alimony when unemployed. The leading reason for modifying alimony post-divorce in Connecticut is a decrease in income – either less earnings or outright unemployment. These motions are filed regularly in the Bridgeport and Stamford Court. There are two aspects to a Modification of Alimony. Like…

  Under Connecticut law, either spouse can petition the court for a modification of alimony unless the divorce decree precludes modification. In other words, some Separation Agreements prohibit modification altogether – others limit modification to amount or the duration of support. If a Motion to Modify Alimony is filed, a former spouse can request an…

Cohabitation after divorce can lead to alimony modification. In general, Connecticut allows alimony to be modified upon a showing of a “substantial change in circumstances” unless a divorce judgment precludes modification. The change in circumstances can be a change in the circumstances of either party. The most common scenario I see is a financial change…

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