In a perfect world, divorce would be simple. You and your spouse would agree on the division of marital assets, child custody, and an alimony arrangement. You would both feel like you’ve gotten everything you could out of the marriage, and would be happy moving forward with your lives as good friends. Unfortunately, this scenario simply does not exist for much of the population. Most divorces involve disagreement and conflict. What if your partner won’t even acknowledge that you are actively pursuing a divorce? Are you stuck in a failing marriage or do you have options?
In the state of Connecticut, you do not need spousal agreement to file for divorce. This means that one person can initiate a divorce without their spouse’s cooperation. In order to start this process, it is best to consult with an experienced family law attorney to make sure you are taking the proper steps. Documenting the process is equally important. When you go in front of a judge to divide assets and potentially schedule child custody arrangements, you will need to show that you have taken all the correct steps in the divorce process.
It is always in your best interest to be in agreement on the terms of your divorce. That said, if you decide to move forward with a divorce from a non-consenting spouse, a judge can determine the terms of your divorce. Decisions you could have made jointly with your spouse will be out of your hands.
Before you get to this point, there are certain steps that you must take to initiate the process. You will need to file the correct paperwork to document your wishes to dissolve the marriage in the state of Connecticut. When your spouse is unavailable or unwilling, they will need to be served divorce papers. This can be tricky, because some spouses in denial will attempt to evade service by leaving town or making their whereabouts unknown. This can lengthen the timeline and prove frustrating, but an attorney will know how to most effectively serve an evasive spouse.
A divorce can be completely unexpected, or thought out and a long time coming. Either way, separating is rarely easy. Frequently, one person will feel let down or even devastated by the divorce. If your spouse is in denial that you want a divorce, it is important to obtain the right legal support. At the Law Offices of Piazza, Simmons & Grant, LLC, we have worked with many divorcing spouses and can help you through the process in a direct and efficient manner. Contact us online or give us a call today at 203-348-2465 to set up an appointment for a consultation.