Alimony After Dan v. Dan

In a Dec. 2014 decision the Supreme Court in Connecticut made sweeping changes regarding alimony modification, post judgment. The court held that a large increase in income on the part of one of the former spouses in and of itself is not sufficient grounds to modify alimony .The husband at the time of the divorce was earning approximately $696,000.00 in income and at the time of the modification, his income had increased to a salary of $3.4 million. The wife’s income had been $8,000 at the time of the divorce and was $12,000 at the time of the request for modification. Wife’s medical expenses had increased significantly. The court felt that no public policy goal or purpose of an alimony award would be advanced by permitting this modification when the only change of circumstances was the former spouse’s increased income. There was an indication the court believed the former wife was able to pay her medical bills.

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