“What Changes in Circumstances Are Necessary
for [Spousal Support] Modification?”
Print version at page 188
E-Book version at approximately 71%
A December 2014 decision by The Connecticut Supreme Court regarding spousal support modification illustrates how matrimonial law is constantly evolving.
The law of Connecticut is among the examples listed on p. 188 to illustrate the kinds of requirements necessary to obtain modification of spousal support. In Connecticut, that requirement is a “substantial change in circumstances.” Those changes have typically involved a significant increase in the payor’s income, a significant decrease in the recipient’s income, a significant increase in the recipient’s needs, or some combination of two or more of those factors.
The Connecticut Supreme Court, however, ruled that “ …an increase in income, standing alone, does not justify the modification of an alimony award.” That decision came as quite a surprise to Connecticut matrimonial lawyers who’ve been getting spousal support modifications on the sole basis that the payor’s income had substantially increased.
The moral? Make sure to check with a local matrimonial lawyer about key legal principles that might impact your case—even seemingly “well-settled” principles.
 Dan v. Dan, 315 Conn. 1 (2014)