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CONNECTICUT DIVORCE BASICS AND OVERVIEW
This is a divorce reference guide to understanding divorce in Connecticut. Each state has its own requirements, laws, and documentation, so we decided to gather it all in one location to make it easy and quick for you to find the information you need before, during and after your divorce.
Divorce in Connecticut Made Easy (See Connecticut Divorce Help Center)
- Time Frame: An uncontested Connecticut dissolution of marriage takes a minimum of about four months; a contested case normally takes much longer.
- Where to File: Superior Court. (See Connecticut Court Addresses)
- Statute Statutes: Connecticut General Statutes Annotated 46-b Chapter 815-816.
- Name of Action: Complaint for Dissolution of Marriage.
- Name of Parties: The Plaintiff is the party starting the case; the defendant is the other party who responds to the Complaint for Dissolution of Marriage.
- No-Fault or Fault and No-Fault Only: Both no-faulty and fault offered.
- Primary Documents Filed: Complaint for Dissolution of Marriage and Decree of Dissolution of Marriage. (See CT Forms List With Explanations)
- Physical Separation Required: For no-fault action unless filing on grounds of "the marriage has broken down irretrievably".
- Legal Separation Permitted: Yes.
- Grounds: No-fault, under grounds of irretrievable breakdown of the marriage or "voluntary separation for 18 month with no reasonable prospect for reconciliation" and eight general and traditional grounds. (See Connecticut Laws for Divorce)
- Residency Requirement: One of the spouses must be a resident for at least 12 months.
- Mediation Required: If custody and support issues are being disputed by the parties, either party may request for mediation within 90 days of filing the request for dissolution.
- Counseling Required: After filing the request for conciliation, the court orders at least two mandatory counseling sessions.
- Parenting Classes Required: Connecticut requires divorcing couples with children under age 18 to attend parenting classes.
- Filing Fee: $360. (See CT Filing Fee Waiver Form)
- Where to File for Child Support: The Bureau of Child Support Enforcement of the Department of Social Services at 1-800-228-KIDS.
- Child Support Guidelines Model: the Income Shares Model.
- Property Division: An equitable distribution state, Connecticut is kitchen sink state, which means that the courts have jurisdiction over all the property that both spouses have, marital and separate.
- Appreciation of Separate Property: The appreciation of separate property is marital property.
- Attendance at Hearing: The filing spouse must attend a short hearing; the other spouse need not attend.
- Fault Considered in Property Division: Yes, fault reduces the share marital property.
- Waiting period after Divorce for Remarriage: None.
- Ways to Serve Spouse: A sheriff, his or her deputy, a constable, or other proper officer authorized by Connecticut statute, may serve process. An "indifferent person" may be named to serve process under certain circumstances.
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