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Connecticut Grounds for Divorce

In Connecticut, you can file for divorce under no fault or fault grounds. The Connecticut divorce court will approve a divorce or legal separation decree on no fault grounds if the marriage has broken down irretrievably or the spouses have lived separate because of incompatibility for a continuous period of 18 months. In no fault divorce, couples must recognize Connecticut divorce waiting periods that help make sure the couple reuniting isn't a possibility.

Fault divorce will be granted on the grounds of:

  • Adultery
  • Fraud
  • Willful desertion for one year
  • Absence for seven years
  • Habitual intemperance
  • Intolerable cruelty
  • Imprisonment for one year
  • Mental illness for five years

Willful desertion is defined by Connecticut divorce law as total neglect of duty. Lack of financial support will not prove total neglect if there isn't other evidence. Connecticut divorce law defines adultery as voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a person other than that person's spouse. The Connecticut divorce court will consider habitual intemperance as a sufficient ground for divorce if it can be proven that it has existed until the time of separation.

Whether you file under the grounds of no fault or fault, the couple needs to meet the Connecticut residency requirement.

A local Connecticut divorce lawyer can work with you to understand the different ground under which you can file for divorce. Learn about what requirements you need to meet and how the circumstances of your divorce may affect how Connecticut divorce law is applied in your case. Connect with a Connecticut divorce attorney near you today. Call 877-349-1310 or fill out a Connecticut divorce case review form to make sure you meet state requirements so your divorce can go as smoothly as possible.

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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 law was 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.