Attorney Assists Couples Filing for Legal Separation in Connecticut
Advice from an experienced Hartford legal separation lawyer
At Carlo Forzani LLC, we often work with couples considering their options as they face marital difficulties. While some couples know immediately that they intend to divorce, others may wish to enter into a legal separation, either as a trial period or as an intentional prelude to divorce. Whatever the circumstances, our Hartford legal separation attorney understands how to support our clients fully throughout the process of dissolving their marriage in a way that honors their best interests first and foremost.
What is legal separation?
Under family law, legal separation differs little from a formal divorce — couples who are legally separated in Connecticut live apart and make arrangements to divide their finances and assets, care for their children and pay their bills and debts. Additionally, the grounds for legal separation in Connecticut are the same as the grounds for divorce. However, while divorced couples are free to engage in new relationships and remarry, legally separated couples remain bound to each other under the law, and as such, may not remarry.
So, why might a couple opt to separate? In fact, there are a number of reasons a couple might decide to remain legally married:
- They are not ready to divorce but wish to live separately.
- They have mutual financial interests, or wish to maintain health insurance or other benefits.
- Divorce is against their religious beliefs.
- They are separating for 18 continuous months in order to obtain a no-fault divorce on the grounds of an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.
How to file for legal separation in Connecticut
The residency requirements for legal separation in Hartford and throughout Connecticut are the same as those for divorce:
- At least one spouse must have been a resident of the state for at least 12 months.
- At least one spouse was a resident of the state at the time of the marriage, and he or she has returned to Connecticut with the intention of staying.
- The grounds for legal separation occurred in the state.
The process of legal separation is not as simple as one spouse moving out of their shared residence. Our legal separation lawyer helps clients file the necessary paperwork to obtain an official separation and, with it, proper arrangements for finances, assets and childcare.
Legal separation and LGBT couples
Because Connecticut allows same sex marriage, divorce and legal separation for gay couples operates the same as with any traditional couple. Furthermore, the state makes no distinction between a civil union and a marriage, so same-sex couples who are in a domestic partnership share the same rights as married couples.
Choose a Litchfield, CT lawyer who can guide you through a legal separation
If you are considering ending your marriage, consult an attorney at Carlo Forzani LLC to learn about your options for legal separation and divorce. Call 860-841-5808 today or contact our firm online.