Modifications of Alimony Payments and Cohabitation

Connecticut law explicitly allows the court to “terminate, suspend, or reduce alimony payments” upon a showing of a substantial change in circumstances. The court’s authority to modify alimony obligations includes circumstances when the spouse receiving support is cohabitating with another adult, unless an agreement precludes modification. The spouse paying support and requesting a modification must be able to demonstrate that the receiving spouse’s altered living arrangements have decreased his or her financial needs.