If you are considering a divorce in the state of Connecticut, it is helpful to start by gathering information on the actual divorce process. Too many people initiate a divorce without a thorough understanding of the requirements and timelines for divorcing in Connecticut. With a bit of research and the help of a skilled divorce attorney, you can become informed on what to expect. Being prepared can help protect your rights and your financial security.
In order to file for a divorce in Connecticut, you must have been a resident of the state for at least 18 months. Additionally, after you file a petition for a divorce in Connecticut, there is a waiting period of 90 days minimum before the court will grant the decree of divorce.
In Connecticut, you have several options when stating the reason for the divorce. A divorce that is based on fault indicates that the actions one of the partners in the marriage caused the divorce. This could include accusations of adultery, physical or emotional abuse, or abandoning the marriage. Couples can file for a no-fault divorce if they have been living apart for 18 months or more, or if they both claim that the marriage is irrevocably broken beyond repair.
When the court decides how to establish child custody it is done with the best interests of the children in mind. This will drive the decision to grant joint custody shared by both parents or primary custody in which the children live with one parent. Both parents are expected to financially support the children to the best of their abilities. In some cases, one parent might be expected to pay monthly child support to supplement an income gap that occurs as a result of the divorce.
The courts in Connecticut will use what is referred to as “fair and equitable” distribution of assets in a divorce. In this case, the court might review certain factors of the marriage in order to determine how to divide the estate. These factors can include how long the marriage lasted, why the couple is opting to divorce, the health and age of the divorcing parties, financial income and needs, and contributions to the estate such as home improvements and any debt that was paid off.
The initial stages of a divorce can seem overwhelming, especially for those who don’t have a clear understanding of how the process works. It is advisable to seek out the legal guidance of an experienced family law attorney who will advocate for your rights. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Piazza, Simmons & Grant serve clients in the Stamford, CT area and are ready to work tirelessly to support your best interests. Call us today at 203-348-2465 or contact us online to set up a time to meet with a skilled divorce law attorney.