Alimony and Spousal Support
Experienced Alimony and Divorce Lawyer
A divorce can be devastating, not just emotionally but also financially. Determining how to divide assets, figuring out who will take care of the children, and learning how to separate one household into two can be an exhausting and sometimes contentious process. Perhaps one of the most difficult and challenging aspects of a divorce is determining what amount of spousal support is due.
When you have to negotiate spousal support and alimony, it is important to have a trained family law attorney who can guide you through the process and help you and your divorcing spouse reach a fair and equitable solution.
At the Law Offices of Elizabeth A. Edwards, LLC, we have years of experience working with residents in Fairfield County on the many issues involved with divorce, including alimony. By using legal options like mediation and collaboration we can help you find solutions to your alimony needs without the stress and cost of traditional litigation.
Although the nature of marriage has changed in the last several decades, the tax law changes governing spousal support remain largely constant. Thus, courts often reach decisions regarding alimony that are outdated or even unfair. If left to a court of law, a judge who determines alimony will consider a number of factors, including:
- Length of the marriage
- Causes for the dissolution
- Age of the parties
- Health of the parties
- Station of the parties – including social standing and standard of living
- Amount and sources of income
- Vocational skills and employability of the parties
- Estates of the parties – including respective assets and entitlements of each spouse
- Liabilities and needs of the parties – including probable future needs
Under Connecticut law, a judge has broad discretion as to how alimony may be awarded and has wide latitude in varying the weight placed upon each factor. Accordingly, if left to the court, the judge may reach a decision as to alimony that is not amenable to either spouse. In addition, the process of going to court and seeking a determination as to alimony can involve many hours—and dollars—of attorney time.
If you are going through a divorce, or negotiating alimony, do not hesitate to call the Law Offices of Elizabeth A. Edwards for a mediation and collaboration lawyer.
Mediation and Collaboration
At the Law Offices of Elizabeth A. Edwards, LLC, we understand the stress experienced by those going through a divorce. On top of the inherent emotional challenges faced by a separation, partners are forced to wade through complex, contentious legal issues. That is why we provide mediation and collaborative divorce services to help you through this difficult time in as efficient a manner as possible.
When mediating concerning alimony, our goal is to help you move past the dispute and on with your life. Contact the Law Offices of Elizabeth A. Edwards, LLC today to speak with an experienced attorney.
Please contact me at (203) 544-9945 for additional information or to schedule an appointment.
I am always available to answer your legal questions. Please call or e-mail for an appointment. I look forward to working with you.