When your Connecticut marriage ends, you may have hopes of pursuing alimony as a way of maintaining the same quality of life you have come to enjoy during your marriage. On the flip side, if you are the main breadwinner in your marriage, you may wonder whether you are going to have to pay your former spouse alimony once you part ways.

When deciding whether to award either party alimony in a divorce, the state of Connecticut refers to the same set of variables. What are some of the key considerations that determine whether you may pay or receive alimony after a divorce?

The length of your marriage

An alimony award is more common in longer-term marriages than shorter ones. This does not automatically mean that you should expect to pay or receive alimony following a long-term marriage, but it often increases your chances.

The earning potential of both parties

If one of you has a higher earning potential than the other, this may, too, increase the chances of an alimony award. If you are older and less employable than younger parties navigating divorce, this may also increase the chances of you securing an alimony award.

The physical and mental health of both parties

Your physical and mental health, and that of your former partner, may also impact your employability and ability to earn a living on your own. Thus, if you lack the physical or mental capacity to make a living in the absence of your partner, you may be more likely to receive alimony in your split.