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Helping Clients Establish Grounds for Dissolution of Marriage in Connecticut

Is one spouse at fault for your divorce?

The term grounds for divorce means the legal reason a spouse files for divorce. In certain cases, the grounds are clear, but in others, it may be harder to establish grounds. In Connecticut, couples can achieve a divorce without assigning fault at all. At Carlo Forzani LLC, we support our clients by helping them determine which grounds to cite when filing for divorce in order to best fit their needs.

Fault-based divorce grounds

The first step in filing for the dissolution of a marriage and initiating the Connecticut divorce process is to determine on what grounds to file. Each state has its own laws in relation to acceptable grounds for divorce. In Hartford and throughout Connecticut, only the following fault-based grounds are legitimate when seeking a divorce:

  • Adultery — Cheating on a husband or a wife by engaging in sexual acts with someone other than a spouse
  • Fraud — Entering into a marriage under fraudulent terms or committing fraud against a husband or wife
  • Willful desertion — Intentionally leaving a husband or wife for one year or more
  • Absence — Abandoning a husband or wife for seven years or longer
  • Intolerable cruelty — Subjecting a spouse or child to abuse or other extremely cruel or inhuman treatment
  • Imprisonment — Receiving a life prison sentence or any period of incarceration longer than one year for committing an illegal act
  • Mental illness — Confinement in a mental institution for five years or longer
  • Habitual intemperance — Repeated abuse of alcohol or illegal drugs

No-fault grounds for divorce in Connecticut

For a long time, many states refused to grant divorces when fault could not be established, but as of 2010, all 50 states now provide at least one method of obtaining a no-fault divorce. Connecticut actually lists the following no-fault grounds as legitimate reasons to dissolve a marriage:

  • Intentional separation — If a couple decides to live separately for 18 continuous months, they can pursue a divorce without assigning fault.
  • Irreconcilable differences — If one or both spouses decide that their relationship has become irretrievably broken due to no one’s specific fault, the couple can file for divorce on the grounds of an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.

Seek help from a qualified lawyer in Hartford, CT today

At Carlo Forzani LLC, we are always committed to advancing your objectives, and helping you find constructive and creative legal solutions. If you need help assigning fault or initiating your divorce proceedings, call our legal team today at 860-841-5808 or contact us online.