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Connecticut Alternatives to Divorce

Divorce is not the only option when it comes to ending a marriage. Most states provide laws regarding annulment or legal separation. Other alternatives to divorce court include alternative dispute resolutions, such as divorce mediation or arbitration.


Connecticut divorce law doesn't have specific statutes dedicated to annulment. The grounds for annulment may be found in other domestic relations statutes and in common law. When a marriage is annulled, it's as though it didn't exist because the marriage wasn't legal under Connecticut law. A marriage will be considered void or voidable and can be annulled if:

  • The family relation between the spouses is considered too close by Connecticut law
  • The ceremony was conducted by someone who isn't authorized to perform marriage - it may be possible to have the marriage validated
  • One spouse was under 16 and didn't have consent
  • The marriage was entered into through fraud, duress or without consent
  • It's a bigamous marriage
  • Other relevant grounds ruled on by the Connecticut divorce court

Legal Separation

Legal separation is granted by the Connecticut divorce court on the same grounds as Connecticut grounds for divorce. Under Connecticut divorce law, legal separation has the same effect as dissolving a marriage, except parties aren't free to remarry.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative dispute resolution helps couples negotiate the terms of divorce with a neutral third party, typically costing people less money and time. Connecticut divorce law allows a couple to try divorce mediation to discuss and decide Connecticut property division, Connecticut child custody and visitation and Connecticut alimony. Everything talked about during divorce mediation cannot be used in divorce court, unless the spouses agree otherwise. The Connecticut divorce court may also allow the couple to negotiate child visitation during divorce mediation.

Connecticut divorce law also allows either a spouse or divorce lawyer for the minor child to make a request for conciliation. If the request is granted by the divorce court, the parties will meet with a conciliator for two mandatory consultations to discuss the possibility of reconciliation or resolving emotional problems that could lead to continuing conflicts after divorce.

Learn more about your divorce options by speaking with a local Connecticut divorce lawyer. Get legal divorce advice about what options will work for you and your family. With help from a Connecticut divorce attorney in your area, you can make sure your divorce goes as smoothly as possible. Connect today by calling 877-349-1310 or filling out a Connecticut divorce case review.

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The above synopsis of Connecticut divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Connecticut divorce lawyer in your area.

Connecticut divorce laws were last updated May 2009.

Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.