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Connecticut Divorce

Connecticut Divorce Residency Requirements

To obtain a Connecticut divorce either party may file as soon as he or she has become a residence of the state. However, a Connecticut divorce will not be finalized until one of the parties has been a State residence for one year unless: 

  • one of the spouses was a resident of Connecticut at the time of the marriage and returned to the State of Connecticut with the intention to permanently reside in Connecticut or 

  • if the grounds for the dissolution of marriage arose in Connecticut.

Connecticut Divorce Filing Requirements

If support is an issue in the action, a Connecticut divorce must be filed in the County where the filing spouse resides. In all other cases, the divorce may be filed in any county which is most convenient to both parties.

Connecticut Divorce Grounds

The grounds for Connecticut Divorce are as follows:

  • Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage;

  • Incompatibility and voluntary separation for 18 months with no reasonable prospect for reconciliation;

  • Adultery;

  • Life imprisonment;

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

  • Willful desertion and nonsupport for 1 year;

  • Seven years absence;

  • Cruel and inhuman treatment;

  • Fraud;

  • Habitual drunkenness;

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

Expedited Connecticut Divorce

Connecticut divorce can be obtained on an expedited basis if both parties can establish that the marriage has broken down by signing an agreement or statement that the marriage is irretrievably broken, or by stating in Court that their marriage is irretrievably broken and submitting an agreement that addresses custody, visitation, maintenance, support, and education after custody of their children, if any, and the division of property.

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