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Determination of alimony after divorce

As residents of Connecticut who are contemplating divorce may know, some former spouses may receive alimony that is either awarded by the court or agreed to by the spouses. The reason for alimony is to allow the lower-earning spouse or one who has not been employed during the marriage to maintain his or her standard of living and improve job skills so they may become self-supporting.

Child custody decisions in Connecticut

When Connecticut courts are asked to make a custody decision in the event divorcing parents are not able to come to an agreement on their own, they will make their determinations through the lens of what is in the child's best interests. While the court will take into account the wishes of each parent regarding custody, the law provides that the ultimate controlling factor is always what will be best for the child.

How to modify your child support order

In Connecticut, a court order for child support can only be modified under two circumstances. The first is if either parent shows that a substantial change in circumstances has occurred for either party. The second is if the child support order that was entered into substantially deviates from the child support guidelines.

Types of child custody in Connecticut

One of the most significant effects when parents go through a divorce can be the change in family dynamics for a child, and child custody decisions by the court are approached from the standard of the best interest of the child. This means that decisions will be based on the facts of a case in order to promote the child's welfare as the most important concern. Parental rights and wishes are considered, but these are weighed in light of a child's needs.

Applying for child support in Connecticut

The Connecticut Department of Social Services has a Child Support Enforcement Program that is designed to assist parents in obtaining child support. The program works not only to collect child support, but also to establish paternity and child child support orders in the first place or modify existing orders. A parent may also seek the state's assistance in locating the non-custodial parent.

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