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How to get divorce in Connecticut

The information below will help understand more about the divorce in Connecticut.

The common steps of how to get divorce in Connecticut:


Rules of the state of Connecticut allow couples to file for a divorce in Connecticut only in case if they are were married legally.


Both spouses must meet the residency requireRules of the state of Connecticut allow couples to file for a divorce in Connecticut only in case if they are were married legally.ments of the state of Connecticut.


The interested person must have fault of no-fault grounds based on which he or she want to file for a divorce in the state of Connecticut.


The interested parties must come to a common agreement with each other regarding the issues of custody of child, child support, payment of alimony and property division. If this is done, then they can formalize an uncontested divorce. If there is no single agreement on any issue, then they ile for a contested divorce, which means that the court will independently decide on their dispute.


The spouses have to fill out Connecticut divorce papers.


Once the divorce form documents are ready, they have to filed to the court.


If the interested person wants to file a divorce in the state of Connecticut, thus he or she or his or her spouse are required to reside in the state for at least 12 months. If the spouse who filed for divorce lived in the state during the marriage, then left the territory of the state, then returned with the desire to live in Connecticut on a permanent basis while still married, the rule of staying 12 months in the state is canceled.

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Valid grounds to get divorce in Connecticut

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In Connecticut there are two grounds for a divorce. The first is no-fault ground, under which the spouse only need to declare in the court that his or her marriage is irretrievably broken and there is no way to restore it.
The second is fault basis. It fcan be applied in case that the spouse made some kind of a serious mistake in the marriage, which led to the desire to get a divorce. In order to apply for a divorce in Connecticut on the basis of fault grounds, the spouse should know that he or she will have to provide the court with evidence of mistake that his or her spouse did and which lead to desire terminate the marriage.
To fault grounds it is possible to carry




Psychiatric illness of one of the spouses, which was the reason for the hospital detention for a period of not less than 5 years;


Alcohol or drugs dependence of one of the spouse;


If one of the spouses intentionally left the second for more than one year;


Facts of domestic violence in the family;


If one of the spouses has committed any crime and received a term while he/she was in a marriage;

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Annulment of the marriage in Connecticut

Annulment is a termination of the relations that is applied in cases where the marriage has no legal force. E.g., the law of the state of Connecticut was violated at the time of marriage.

Marriage is subject to annulment if at least one of the following conditions is met

  • Blood relationship. In other words,the spouses are close relatives to each other. The law of Connecticut does not allow marriage to the parent and child, brother and sister, grandparent and grandchild, or other closely related couple.
  • At the time of marriage, one of the spouses was already in an official marriage, which was not terminated. Law of the State of Connecticut does not allow citizens to have more than one official spouse.
  • Marriage was held by a person who did not have a license to marry. State law permits only those who have special permission to conduct the marriage ceremony.
  • One of the spouses was seriously mentally ill at the time of marriage.
  • Marriage was committed fraudulently or under compulsion.
  • If one of the spouses has a serious illness that prevents him or her from fully living in the marriage, while he or she hides it. For example, a husband is indescribably ill with impotence.

If one of the spouses wants to terminate a marriage by annulment, there is no single template for the documents that need to be filled out. It is possible to visit a local clerk to clarify all the nuances established by the rules of the district in which the spouse wants to annul the marriage.

If there are underage children in the marriage, then after the annulment it will be necessary to undergo the procedure of establishing the paternity, because the marriage is being invalidated, it is also expected that the children were born out of wedlock.
In cases where the spouses live in a long-term marriage, they don't have to establish the paternity of children after the divorce in Connecticut. There is a special petition, called a presumption of paternity. And it has a place to be when

  • the spouses were married 10 months before the birth of the child; or the child was born within 10 months after the marriage was completed by divorce, death or annulment.
  • the genetic test confirms paternity by 95%;
  • the birth certificate is written by two spouses or is notarized;
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Custody of the child in Connecticut

Custody of the child

In Connecticut, there are 3 types of custody of the child:

  • Primary custody - the type of custody in which one of the spouses becomes the primary guardian of the child, and the second spouse is an assistant and for him the hours of the child's visit are allocated.
  • Joint custody is a kind of custody, in which both parents take care of the child equally and take part in his or her upbringing. In this type of custody, the spouses have an equal opportunity for taking important decisions in the life of the child that will affect his future.
  • Split custody - the kind of custody, in which children are divided between parents. That is, if there are several children in the family, then they are divided between the spouses in such a way that each parent becomes the primary guardian for at least one child.

When deciding on custody, the courts of the state of Connecticut are always governed by the interests of the child and choose what is most suitable for him. The decision is made after analyzing the child's environment and his psycho-emotional state.

Rules for child support in Connecticut

During the process of a divorce in Connecticut, a court may order one parent or two to provide financial support to their minor child. Support for the child is regulated by the adopted state of Connecticut's Child Support Guidelines. On its basis, the total amount of support is calculated, which is then divided between parents in proportion to their financial capacity. However, in some situations, deviation from the rules is allowed when the court can make its own adjustments to the amount of support. This is possible in cases of certain circumstances after analyzing the following factors:

  • additional needs of the child;
  • if there are still underage children in the care of parents;
  • education of parents, their needs;
  • additional expenses related to the child's visit;
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Rules for spousal support in Connecticut

Rules for spousal support

If the application for divorce was filed on the basis of the fault grounds, then one of the spouses can obtain through the court a financial support from the second spouse after the divorce. The decision on alimony will be made after an analysis of the following factors:

  • duration of marriage;
  • the situation that caused the divorce;
  • if the needy spouse has a custody of the child;
  • the age and health of each spouse;
  • the quality of life of each spouse;
  • education of a needy spouse and his professional skills;

Property division in Connecticut

Property division

The laws of Connecticut require a fair division of common property during the divorce in Connecticut. The property can be divided in different proportions, if the court considers it is as a fair decision. Such a decision can be influenced by the following factors:

  • duration of marriage;
  • the contribution that one spouse made to the education or career development of the second spouse;
  • how each spouses were invested in the acquisition of property;
  • debt obligations of the spouses;
  • the contribution of each spouse to increase the family income;
  • he actions that any spouse did, aimed at the destruction of the common property after submission of Connecticut divorce papers to the court.

The court will consider how easy it will be to divide the property. The court will not divide the house in which the couple living. The house will belong to one of the spouses.

Divorce without a lawyer in Connecticut

It is possible to avoid the services of a lawyer in Connecticut. Depending on which county spouses living, the process of divorce in the state of Connecticut can vary.

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Mediation support in Connecticut

Any of the spouses can ask for help from mediators, if in the divorce are involved issues of custody and division of property. In this case, the court will postpone the decision for a period of up to 90 days.

Divorce forms in Connecticut

Papers that possibly have to be filled out are the "Summons Family Actions (JD-FM-3)" and the "Divorce Complaint / Cross Complaint (JD-FM-159)". On the above site the interested person can also find instructions on how to get a divorce in Connecticut.

Uncontested divorce in Connecticut

Uncontested divorce in Connecticut

In order to get the uncontested divorce, the spouse have to fill out Connecticut divorce papers.

In the situation where the spouses do not have a single solution to the contentious issues or they have disputed that it can be resolved without the involvement of a third party, than theirdivorce will be called contested and the court will independently decide on the interested party's differences.

How to serve divorce papers in Connecticut

If the interested party decided to apply for a divorce in Connecticut, then by law he or she must provide copies of all the divorce form documents to the spouse. Connecticut gives 120 days from the filing of documents to the court to notify the spouse of the beginning of the divorce.
State law does not allow the interested parties to serve Connecticut divorce paper to their spouse directly or by mail. The interested party is required to use the services of serve or ask the sheriff to notify the spouse.
After the interested party provided his or her spouse with the documents, he or she will need to wait at least 60 days for the divorce in the state of Connecticut to be granted.

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Filing fees for divorce in Connecticut

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