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.  Before the payment of alimony can modified or terminated, 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.

Generally, lump sum alimony and property distribution awards are a final judgments which are not modifiable by the court even if there is a change in circumstances.

PARRINO|SHATTUCK, PC offers sophisticated legal counsel in all divorce-related matters. We assist our clients in navigating the legal path to dissolving their marriage by formulating case-specific objectives and strategies designed to protect their financial interests.


PARRINO|SHATTUCK, PC is located on the Saugatuck River in Westport, Connecticut.  We represent clients in family matters throughout Connecticut, including but not limited to Fairfield, Middlesex, New London and Litchfield Counties.  Our clients reside in Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan, Ridgefield, Westport, Weston, Wilton, Fairfield, Easton, West Hartford, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Essex.  We also frequently appear before the Regional Family Trial Court located in Middletown, Connecticut, as well as the Judicial Districts of Stamford, Bridgeport, New Haven, Danbury, Milford, Norwich, and Hartford.