Divorce in Connecticut

Connecticut is known as “The Constitution State,” and here, the potential of a divorce case becoming complicated is apparent for most people.

Divorce in Connecticut is legally called “dissolution of marriage.” Filing for divorce in Connecticut can be done at any time once one of the spouses establishes residency in CT.1 however, a divorce will only be granted if either spouse has completed the 12-month minimum residency requirement in the state. 

Connecticut is a no-fault state, meaning married people can file for divorce without seeking an assignment of fault. Connecticut divorce laws also allow a fault option. The state only recognizes adultery, willful desertion for a year with total neglect of responsibilities, fraudulent contract, intolerable cruelty, seven years of complete absence, legal confinement in a mental institution, sentenced to life imprisonment, and habitual intemperance.2

Connecticut is an equitable distribution property state, and therefore assets acquired both during and prior to the marriage are subject to division in this state. A Connecticut divorce court will consider factors such as economic misconduct, contributions to a partner’s education, and non-monetary contributions during a property division case. A judge will use the equitable distribution policy to divide marital property between the spouses in what is believed to be a fair distribution.3

Most Connecticut divorce cases are uncontested. This means the two parties can come into an agreement (with or without the help of a legal counsel) concerning alimony, property division, child custody, etc., without involving the courts.

1CONN. GEN. STAT. § 46b-44(a

2CONN. GEN. STAT. § 46b-40(c)

3CONN. GEN. STAT. § 46B-81