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What’s needed to file a no-fault divorce in Connecticut?
No-fault divorce means that a marriage is dissolved not because of specific adulterous, fraudulent, illegal or cruel behavior, but instead because a couple decides, essentially, that they are no longer compatible. At Carlo Forzani LLC, we understand the requirements for achieving a no-fault divorce and have helped meet clients’ needs for more than 37 years.
While the concept of no-fault divorce was actually introduced in the United States in the 1950s, attitudes towards divorce have evolved drastically since then. Of course, everyone has heard the statistic that half of marriages these days end in divorce — but this statistic is misleading. In truth, the statistic is that the rate of divorce (3.6 out of 1,000 total population) is about half that of the rate of marriage (6.8 out of 1,000 total population), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but this has more to do with a significant decrease in the rate of marriage than an increase in the rate of divorce. Regardless, the most common grounds cited for divorce in Connecticut and throughout the United States are different forms of no-fault grounds.
What is needed to file a no-fault divorce in Connecticut?
First and foremost, couples or individuals seeking a Connecticut no-fault divorce must satisfy at least one of the following residency requirements:
- At least one spouse must have been a resident of Connecticut for at least one year (12 months).
- At least one spouse was a Connecticut resident at the time of the marriage and has returned to the state with the intention of staying for the foreseeable future.
Next, in order to initiate the no-fault Connecticut divorce process, a couple must voluntarily separate for at least 18 months, during or after which time they can file for divorce on the grounds of irretrievable breakdown of their marriage, without having to assign fault to either spouse. They must have lived apart for 18 continuous months in order for the divorce to become official.
The pros and cons of a no-fault divorce
The advantages of a Connecticut no-fault divorce are speed — after living apart for 18 months, a couple can achieve a summary divorce relatively quickly, assuming they agree on the financial and organizational details of their divorce — and minimal cost.
The disadvantages of a no-fault divorce are potentially financial. For example, without faulting one spouse with the dissolution of a marriage, it may be more difficult to achieve favorable alimony payments, child custody arrangements and distribution of marital assets.
Choose a Connecticut no-fault divorce attorney who can advise you on your best interests
If you are considering a no-fault divorce, or are interested in learning more about our other divorce services, call Carlo Forzani LLC at 860-841-5808 or contact our firm online today to schedule a consultation. We are always committed to advancing your objectives, and helping you find constructive and creative legal solutions.