West Hartford Attorney Guides You through the Connecticut Divorce Process
More than 30 years of experience representing clients in divorce cases
At Carlo Forzani LLC, we have helped countless clients achieve a divorce in Connecticut. With experience in all types of divorce cases, we have the tools that make the difference when it comes to meeting your best interests. In addition, we handle even the most complex divorce cases with the utmost skill and professionalism.
Getting a divorce in Connecticut
Before initiating the divorce process, individuals can determine their eligibility for divorce in Connecticut based on residency requirements. At a minimum, one of the following conditions must be met:
- One spouse must have been a legal resident of Connecticut for at least one year before the divorce is finalized.
- One spouse was a legal Connecticut resident at the time of marriage and has returned to the state with the intent to stay.
- The grounds for divorce occurred in Connecticut.
Assuming the residency requirements are satisfied, our family law firm can help you take the following steps in order to achieve a Connecticut divorce:
- Establish grounds — In Connecticut, fault-based grounds for divorce include adultery, willful desertion, abandonment, substance abuse, intolerable cruelty and receiving a lifelong prison sentence. Conversely, if none of these conditions occurred, Connecticut offers two options of no-fault grounds for divorce, either by citing the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage or by living separately from your spouse for at least 18 months.
- File a petition for dissolution of marriage at the local courthouse — After filing for divorce in Connecticut, there is an automatic 90-day waiting period during which no further action can be taken.
- Wait for a response — In a response, the spouse who doesn’t file can choose to contest the divorce or to accept it and its terms. The non-filing spouse can also decide to agree to the divorce but contest some or all of the terms. He or she should consult a lawyer for guidance.
- Work out details — While oftentimes the following details of a divorce can be resolved through mediation, negotiation or collaboration, and subsequent settlement, other times spouses cannot agree and must go to trial:
- Negotiate property and asset distribution — Depending on the length of the marriage, Connecticut law may dictate that each spouse should return to his or her premarital financial state or call for an equitable distribution of the assets.
- Determine child custody arrangements — If any minor (under the age of 18) children are involved, a custody arrangement will be part of the final divorce decree. The general rule is to make decisions in the best interests of the children. The noncustodial parent may also be required to pay child support and/or alimony.
- File the final agreement — Submit this to the court to make the divorce official, or wait for the final judgment to be issued by the court.
Secure help from a qualified lawyer who supports you throughout the divorce process
At Carlo Forzani LLC, we are always committed to advancing your objectives, and helping you find constructive and creative legal solutions. To learn more about how we can help in your Hartford or Litchfield divorce case, call 860-841-5808 or contact our firm online today.