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Connecticut Divorce Information

The following information is to provide a basic understanding of the various aspects of divorce in the State of Connecticut.

You can get more specific information regarding Connecticut divorce laws using the links provided to Connecticut divorce laws or at your local library.

This information is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Before taking any action you should seek the advice of an attorney familiar with the laws in the state in which you will be seeking a divorce.

Every effort has been made to assure that the information contained in these pages is accurate however, due to the ever changing nature of the law some material may be outdated or may no longer apply.

Connecticut Divorce Resources

Residency Requirements 1 year
Where to File The county in which the plaintiff resides if support is an issue.
Otherwise the spouses may file in any county at their convenience
Grounds for Divorce Adultery
Bigamy ( grounds for annulment )
Desertion
Felony Conviction or Imprisonment
Insanity
Mental and or Physical Cruelty
Non-support
Incompatibility
Irreconcilable Differences or Irretrievable Breakdown
Living Separate and Apart
Voluntary or required mediation Yes
Voluntary or recommended CounselingYes
Property Distribution Connecticut is an "equitable distribution" state. The court has full discretion to divide the real estate and all marital property, which includes pension benefits. Any inheritance or gifts received prior or during the marriage is not considered for distribution. The following factors are generally considered: age and health, length of marriage, vocational skills, occupations, contributions in acquisitions, employability of spouses, and custody. Marital conduct is not a consideration in the division of any property
Child Custody Custody is awarded with the best interests of the child or children in mind. The cause and nature of the case is a consideration.
Uniform Child Custody Act: 1978
Is Joint Custody awarded? YES
Do Grandparents Have the Right to Visitation? YES
Are Child's Wishes Considered? YES
Child Support Either or both parents may be required to provide the support of maintenance, insurance, and education of the child. There are specific guidelines to be followed, unless when proven to be unjust. The following factors are generally considered: a child's need for contact with both parents, the joint responsibilities for the welfare of the child, the financial resources, cost of day care, and the standard of living the child would have otherwise enjoyed had not the divorce taken place.
Spousal Support Support can be awarded to either spouse. Past marital actions are considered. Employment possibilities of the spouse tend to cause the greatest influence on the decision. Living conditions similar to those when marriage existed is attempted to be restored, but a lot of factors play a significant role.


Connecticut Divorce Attorneys by County

Click on any CT county below to find a divorce attorney in your area.

Fairfield
Hartford
Litchfield
Middlesex
New Haven
New London
Tolland
Windham
 

Connecticut Divorce Mediators by County

Click on any CT county below to find a divorce mediator in your area.

Fairfield
Hartford
Litchfield
Middlesex
New Haven
New London
Tolland
Windham
 

DISCLAIMER:
This information has been compiled directly from the most recently available statutes online for each state. Every effort has been made to assure that this information is correct and complete. Be aware that laws frequently change. Do not take any action based on this information without first consulting an attorney to be certain that the laws pertaining to your particular situation have not changed.

The language used in most cases on this page is legal terminology taken directly from the statutes and laws of each state. The terminology is not always easy to understand. If you are not sure of something you should consult an attorney so that you can fully understand the meaning of the laws.

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