State Laws

Connecticut Divorce Laws


Connecticut Divorce Laws
The state of Connecticut requires that all those petitioning for divorce be Connecticut residents for a minimum of twelve months prior to filing. If not all the necessary residency requirements are met, the case will be dismissed.

The state says that only one of the individuals involved must be a Connecticut resident. The individuals are not required to have been married in Connecticut nor do the individuals need to have lived in Connecticut at anytime of their marriage.

Connecticut only requires that one individual be of Connecticut residency at the date of filing. Those who are stationed in Connecticut for military purposes or who are on active duty in Connecticut are considered to be state residents. This includes both the Marines and the Armed Forces.

Filing Grounds of Connecticut
Every divorce in the United State is required to be based on legal grounds. These grounds need to be stated at the time of the divorce filing. The individuals involved can agree upon the necessary grounds together or one individual may petition the court for a divorce on decided grounds. He or she is then required to prove these grounds before the court.

Each state has its own set of grounds for which it deems legal. The first of these is the category of No Fault grounds. No Fault grounds state that a marriage is broken beyond repair or the individuals involved have lived at separate residencies for a minimum of eighteen months. Both of these cases state that no reconciliation is possible. No Fault grounds state that no particular individual is responsible for the marriage's disintegration.

The second category is the Fault grounds. These grounds include fraudulent acts, adultery, the lawful confinement into a mental hospital for a total of five years, intolerable acts of cruelty, an extended and willful absence of no less than seven years, willful neglect and desertion for a minimum of one year, or the imprisonment for a life sentence in a state institution or imprisonment of a minimum of one year for the involvement in violation conjugal duties.

Legal separation is required to be proven in court along with the amount of time where the individuals did not reside in the same home.

Property Distribution
Connecticut is considered to be an equitable state, which means that all the property will not necessarily be distributed equally. Equitably means that all the property will be split in a fair fashion. If the individuals cannot decide on who should keep which kind of property, the court will make the decision.

The court will consider the spouses' contribution to the household, child custody, financial status, employment, opportunities for employment, marriage length, estates, liabilities, and education before awarding the property.

Spousal Support
Spousal support can be awarded on temporary or permanent bases. Spousal support is not automatically awarded in each case. The court will weigh all the necessary factors before assigning alimony or denying a request for spousal support. If the individual with child custody has a lesser financial means, he or she may be awarded spousal support in addition to child support.

See also:
Connecticut Felony
Connecticut Gun Laws
Connecticut Bankruptcy
Connecticut Misdemeanor External link (opens in new window)
Connecticut Expungement External link (opens in new window)