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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contained in these pages is accurate however, due to the ever changing nature of the law some material may be outdated or may no longer apply.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
  • The marriage has broken down irretrievably;
  • the parties have lived apart by reason of incompatibility for a continuous
  • period of at least the eighteen months immediately prior to the service of
  • the complaint and that there is no reasonable prospect that they will be
  • reconciled;
  • adultery;
  • fraudulent contract;
  • willful desertion for one year with total neglect of duty;
  • seven years absence, during all of which period the absent party has not been heard from;
  • habitual intemperance;
  • intolerable cruelty;
  • sentence to imprisonment for life or the commission of any infamous crime involving a violation of conjugal duty and punishable by imprisonment for a period in excess of one year;
  • legal confinement in a hospital or hospitals or other similar institution or institutions, because of mental illness, for at least an accumulated period totaling five years within the period of six years next preceding the date of the complaint.
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

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New Haven
New London

Connecticut Divorce Mediators by County

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New Haven
New London

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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