At Bellenot & Boufford, LLC, our Newtown lawyers have over 50 years of combined experience handling child support and alimony cases for clients in Fairfield County, New Haven County and the surrounding areas of Connecticut. Whether you need advice about establishing or modifying child support or alimony, we can help.
Our experience can provide you with the peace of mind you need. Contact us online to discuss solutions to your family-related issues.
Child Support in Connecticut
The amount of support is often determined by Connecticut's child support guidelines. These guidelines provide a formula, which can be used to calculate child support based on the income of both parties.
However, while the formula is straightforward, many people will dispute the raw data that is used to calculate the support payments. This is frequently the case when one spouse is self-employed, owns a business, does not receive a W2 form verifying income or is underemployed. These situations can make child support calculations difficult.
In addition, there are circumstances when a child support order will differ from the number arrived at using the guidelines. This is based on specific deviation criteria that may or may not apply to your case.
In order to make sure that you are paying or receiving the correct child support, our attorneys will investigate the income and finances of each party. We will collect evidence of income and expenses and, if necessary, we will perform a financial audit to see if the numbers add up. We will also determine if deviation criteria apply.
Experienced Help With Spousal Support Determinations
Alimony can be paid out in a lump sum, in periodic sums for a specific amount of time or in periodic sums for a lifetime. Unlike child support, there is no formula for alimony. The court has the discretion to determine the amount and duration of spousal support. To make this determination, the court looks at a number of factors, including:
- Length of the marriage
- Age and health of parties involved
- Cause of the marital break down (sometimes called "fault")
- Earning capacity of the parties
- Income and expenses of the parties
- Ability to pay
- Need for assistance
Preparation is key to successfully arguing for or against alimony. Our attorneys will conduct extensive discovery and thoroughly investigate the financial situations of you and your spouse. We will be prepared from day one to fight to get the alimony orders that meet your needs, now and into the future.
Modification of Child Support or Alimony
It is important to remember that child support can always be modified if there has been a substantial change in circumstances. We can help you seek a modification to change your child support payments or the amount you are receiving.
Alimony is not always modifiable. Sometimes, only the term can be modified. Sometimes, only the amount can be modified. This depends in large part on the original terms of the order for alimony. Attorneys at our law firm can help you determine if your alimony is modifiable and work to get it changed.
Free and Meaningful Phone Consultations
When you contact our law firm for a free initial phone consultation, you will discuss your case with an experienced attorney right away. We will give you the meaningful information you need to decide how you want to proceed with your case. We want to give you peace of mind from the very start.