Lawsuit Challenges Connecticut Alimony Laws
"In practice, only wives are ever awarded attorneys' fees," according to the complaint. "They are awarded to wives even in pretrial proceedings before the court has heard evidence, and also awarded in post-judgment proceedings, when the spouses no longer have any legal or equitable interest in each other's property."
According to the Internal Revenue Service, former spouses pay approximately $9 billion in alimony each year, the plaintiffs' papers said.
The plaintiffs will seek permission from the court to proceed anonymously, Karlinsky said.
-- Managing Editor Jay Stapleton contributed to this report.