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Legal Statutes: Connecticut

UPDATED January 10, 2017

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Part III. Support of Child and Spouse. Transfer of Property.

back to top§ 46b-82. Alimony

(a) At the time of entering the decree, the Superior Court may order either of the parties to pay alimony to the other, in addition to or in lieu of an award pursuant to section 46b-81. The order may direct that security be given therefor on such terms as the court may deem desirable, including an order pursuant to subsection (b) of this section or an order to either party to contract with a third party for periodic payments or payments contingent on a life to the other party. The court may order that a party obtain life insurance as such security unless such party proves, by a preponderance of the evidence, that such insurance is not available to such party, such party is unable to pay the cost of such insurance or such party is uninsurable. In determining whether alimony shall be awarded, and the duration and amount of the award, the court shall consider the evidence presented by each party and shall consider the length of the marriage, the causes for the annulment, dissolution of the marriage or legal separation, the age, health, station, occupation, amount and sources of income, earning capacity, vocational skills, education, employability, estate and needs of each of the parties and the award, if any, which the court may make pursuant to section 46b-81, and, in the case of a parent to whom the custody of minor children has been awarded, the desirability and feasibility of such parent's securing employment.

(b) If the court, following a trial or hearing on the merits, enters an order pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, or section 46b-86, and such order by its terms will terminate only upon the death of either party or the remarriage of the alimony recipient, the court shall articulate with specificity the basis for such order.

(c) Any postjudgment procedure afforded by chapter 9061 shall be available to secure the present and future financial interests of a party in connection with a final order for the periodic payment of alimony.

1958 Rev., § 46-52; 1973, P.A. 73-373, § 21; 1978, P.A. 78-230, § 37, eff. Oct. 1, 1978; 1983, P.A. 83-527, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1983; 2003, P.A. 03-130, § 3; 2003, P.A. 03-202, § 23; 2013, P.A. 13-213, § 3.