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Connecticut Divorce

A Connecticut divorce, or dissolution of marriage, can be filed by either spouse to end the marital relationship. Upon doing completion of a Connecticut divorce, the parties are restored back to single status. The court will also issue any necessary orders for child support and custody, alimony (spousal support) and the division of community and separate assets and debts. LegalZoom can assist you in the document preparation and filing for your uncontested Connecticut divorce without the expense of an attorney.

Types of Divorce in Connecticut

Uncontested Divorce in Connecticut

A divorce in Connecticut is uncontested when the spouses satisfy the following requirements:

  1. The spouses, and not their attorneys, execute a written stipulation that their marriage has broken down irretrievably, or both parties are physically present in court and stipulate that their marriage has broken down irretrievably; and
  2. Both spouses have submitted an agreement concerning the custody, care, education, visitation, maintenance or support of their children, if any, and concerning alimony and the disposition of property. The testimony of either party in support of that conclusion shall be sufficient.

Alternatives to Divorce in Connecticut

A legal separation is when the parties live separately but remain legally married to one another. A husband or a wife may separately or jointly file a complaint in the superior court for a legal separation. A legal separation may be granted on the following grounds:

1.           Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage;

2.           Incompatibility and voluntary separation;

3.           Adultery;

4.           Life imprisonment;

5.           Confinement for incurable insanity for a total of 5 years;

6.           Willful desertion and nonsupport for 1 year;

7.           Cruel and inhuman treatment;

8.           Fraud;

9.           Habitual intemperance (drunkenness); and

10.       Commission and/or conviction of an infamous crime involving a violation of conjugal duty and imprisonment for at least 1 year.

An annulment is sought in order to nullify the marriage and disavow its existence, returning the parties to their prior single status, as if they never married. The person seeking the annulment has the burden of proving to the court that one of the conditions of nullity has been met in order to have the annulment approved. Annulments are most often sought by people who feel stigmatized by the status of being divorced, or for ease of remarriage in their particular religion.

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