Connecticut Divorce Forms & Papers

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Connecticut state laws for a separation or dissolution or marriage are not very stringent. One has to fulfill the necessary residential requirements but the marriage need not to happen in the state in order to dissolve the marriage. Connecticut divorce forms and papers can be filed at the local court house. The documents contains information of the grounds for filing a divorce and a few issues related to property distribution, child custody, child support and alimony.

Residential Requirements:

Either spouse may file a dissolution of marriage if they are a resident. However the dissolution of marriage will only finalize after one spouse has been a resident for one year; unless one of the spouses was a resident of Connecticut at the time of the marriage and returned with the intention of permanent residence; or if the grounds for the dissolution of marriage arose in Connecticut. If the matter involves support, the dissolution of marriage is to be filed in the county in which the plaintiff resides. In all other cases, the dissolution of marriage may be filed in any county which is most convenient to both spouses. [Connecticut Statutes Annotated; Title 31, Chapter 348; Title 46b, Chapter 44; and Title 51, Chapter 349]. Click here for complete information about divorce filing.

Grounds for the Dissolution of Marriage:

The following are legal no-fault grounds for dissolution of marriage: 1) Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage; 2) incompatibility and voluntary separation for 18 months with no reasonable prospect for reconciliation. [Connecticut General Statutes Annotated; Title 46b, Chapter 40].

On the other hand the grounds for a fault based dissolution of marriage could range from adultery, imprisonment for felony, confinement, desertion, inhuman or cruel treatment, fraud, conviction of a crime or violation of law leading to imprisonment for a year.

Dissolution of marriage can be done on an agreed basis or by default. The reason for the dissolution of marriage is not considered when dissolving a marriage through any of these methods.

An agreed method is the most common method to dissolve a marriage. In the agreed method, both the parties, agree to the terms and conditions of the divorce. They sight the divorce documents are are also present for the court hearings. This is also the quickest methods of calling off your marriage as the terms such as property distribution, child custody and support, alimony, is agreed upon in advance by both the parties leading to a quick divorce.

The default method on the other hand is not acknowledged by one of the spouses. The spouse who files for the divorce is the only active member attending the court hearings whereas the other spouse does not even answers whether he or she agreed for the dissolution. The consent of the other spouse is taken by default. Dissolution of marriage still happens in such a case and the spouse who files for a divorce usually gets everything that is listed in the divorce papers or as per law.

Procedure to file a divorce:

There are three steps to file a separation

  • Filing the forms and papers: One should note that you fulfill all the necessary residential requirements of the state before you file for a divorce.
  • Notifying the spouse: A written legal notice is sent by the court to the spouse's residence or work place.
  • Attending the court hearings: Both the parties need to attend the hearing or it might lead to further delay of the process.


  1. Use the words, all in capital letters: SUPERIOR COURT
  2. Use the words, all in capital letters: COMPLAINT FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
  3. Use the word "Plaintiff'. Be sure the "P" is capitalized.
  4. Use the word "Defendant". Be sure the "D" is capitalized.
  5. Use the words, all in capital letters: DECREE OF DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
  6. Use the word "County" here.

For detailed divorce laws in Connecticut state, please see Connecticut Divorce Laws page.

In case of missing spouse, where the spouse cannot be traced, dissolution of marriage still happens. The spouse who is filing for a separation in such a case has to bear extra charges of filing a missing complaint in the newspaper or other medium. This can be used as a proof in the court that the methods to trace the spouse has been exhausted.

Connecticut marriage dissolution often contains a name change request. The wife can either take her maiden name if she desires.

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