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What Are the Grounds for Divorce in Connecticut?

The grounds for divorce are the legal reason to dissolve the marriage. While Connecticut is a no-fault divorce state, you still must offer a reason for the divorce. The options for no-fault divorce are:

  • The marriage has irretrievably broken down; or
  • You and your spouse have lived apart for 18 months or more because you are incompatible and there is no chance of reconciliation.

Fault grounds

Connecticut has other fault-based grounds for divorce, which are options you can consider. These include:

  • Adultery
  • Fraud
  • Desertion for at least one year with total neglect of duty (payment of support does not negate a finding of neglect of duty)
  • An absence of at least seven years with no contact
  • Habitual intemperance
  • Intolerable cruelty
  • Life imprisonment or a crime that involved a violation of a conjugal duty with at least one year’s imprisonment
  • Confinement in a mental institution for least five years within the past six years

If you allege one of these grounds, you must be able to provide proof — unless your spouse agrees, and then no proof is required. Fault grounds are often used as way to gain an advantage in matters of custody, alimony, or property division. They can provide an excellent bargaining chip.

No matter what grounds for divorce you rely on, you must fulfill all the other requirements for divorce, including meeting the residency requirement and the required waiting period.

Rutkin, Oldham & Griffin offers complete representation through divorce and separation. Call us to discuss your case.

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