Top 5 Connecticut Divorce Laws

The top 5 things everyone should know about Connecticut divorce laws.


In order to finalize a divorce in Connecticut, either spouse must have been a Connecticut resident for at least one year. There are 2 exceptions: if a spouse was a former Connecticut resident and has moved back to live, and if the grounds for the divorce occurred while living in Connecticut.

The no-fault grounds for divorce are irretrievable breakdown of the marriage, and incompatibility and voluntary separation for 18 months without the possibility of reconciliation.

Joint custody is presumed as the best situation for this child, if the parents agree; otherwise, the courts take into consideration the reason for the divorce (if relevant to the child’s care), and the wishes of the child (if the child is old enough to make an informed decision).

Connecticut is an “equitable distribution” state, meaning that all property, including inherited or gifted property, owned by either spouse is divided between the spouses. The courts consider which spouse was at fault, the length of the marriage, contributions to the marriage, and more factors when dividing property.

In determining alimony, Connecticut considers the length of the marriage, the marital fault, employability of the spouse seeking alimony, which spouse will have custody of the child, and much more.

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