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When are the grounds for divorce in Connecticut?

On Behalf of | Oct 4, 2021 | Divorce

Connecticut is a state is which the law recognizes for fault and no fault divorce. Family courts in the state grant a decree for dissolution of marriage or a decree of legal separation based on certain grounds that are defined in law. The grounds for divorce can be categorized into two types: no fault grounds and fault grounds.

No fault grounds

According to the law, family courts in Connecticut grant a decree of dissolution of marriage in two “no fault” situations:

  • The marriage has broken down irretrievably. In this case, either of the two spouses can testify in court that the marriage has broken down. It is not necessary that both spouses have to agree to this claim.
  • The spouses have lived separately for more than 18 months prior to the date on which they approach the court for divorce. Also, the spouses do not see any possibility of reconciling.

Fault grounds

According to the law, Connecticut family courts grant a decree of dissolution of marriage in the following “fault” situations:

  • In the event that one spouse has committed adultery.
  • If one spouse has deceived the other into the marriage, which is known as a fraudulent contract.
  • If one spouse deserts the other and neglects all duties for a period of more than one year.
  • The absence of one spouse for a period of seven years with no communication whatsoever during the period.
  • Habitual intemperance, intolerable cruelty and incarceration for life or for a period in excess of one year on charges of an infamous crime.
  • Hospitalization due to a mental illness for a period of five years in the six years preceding the date on which a spouse approaches the court for divorce.

Divorcing in Connecticut

While laws are clear on when a decree for dissolution of marriage is granted by the court, it often requires meticulous preparation to make sure that the divorcing person’s rights and necessities are guarded. Therefore, seeking professional support may be a wise decision.


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