If you are going through a divorce, you likely have some negative feelings toward your ex. You may believe that they have exhibited behaviors that you would consider to be selfish, and you may also feel that they are trying to take advantage of you.
If this is the case, you may be concerned that your former spouse may be planning to obtain an alimony order, even if you believe that they do not have the right to it. An alimony order results in the higher-earning spouse being ordered to pay a certain financial sum for a specified period of time after the divorce. If you want to avoid being ordered to pay alimony, it is important that you plan ahead and take the time to understand the law.
The grounds of divorce could impact alimony
Divorcing spouses in Connecticut have the option to file for a 'no-fault' divorce, or a fault-based divorce. Deciding the grounds for divorce could potentially impact whether alimony is awarded. For example, if you file for divorce on the grounds that your spouse was adulterous, the courts may take this into account when deciding whether to award alimony.
Your spouse's perceived ability to earn income will influence the decision
Determining a person's fitness to work can be subjective. If you believe that your spouse could easily earn a higher income but chooses not to, you may be able to influence the decision of the courts by requesting an evaluation.
If you want to make sure that you are not taken advantage of when you are going through a divorce, it is important to prepare for possible scenarios before they occur.