Is Connecticut a No Fault Divorce State?
Many people wonder whether Connecticut is a no fault divorce state.
The short answer is that Connecticut is both a no fault divorce state and a for fault divorce state.
To learn more, please read on.
Connecticut Divorce Grounds
Connecticut has both “no fault” and “for fault” divorce. Section 46b-40 of the Connecticut General Statutes lays out both the “no fault” and “for fault” grounds for divorce.
No Fault Divorce Grounds in Connecticut
- The marriage has broken down irretrievably
- The parties have lived apart by reason of incompatibility for a continuous period of at least the eighteen months immediately prior to the service of the complaint and that there is no reasonable prospect that they will be reconciled
Key Takeaways About Connecticut No Fault Divorce
- In a no fault divorce, neither spouse must prove that the other is “at fault” in order to be granted a divorce. Rather, you prove that the marriage has irretrievably broken down with no reasonable prospect of reconciliation. Either spouse’s testimony that the marriage has irretrievably broken down is sufficient for the court to order the divorce.
- No fault does not mean that a court will never consider the reason why the marriage broke down. Even in no fault divorces, the concept of fault is built into our law. Judges can consider whether one spouse had a more significant role in break down of the marriage when it comes to alimony and property division.
- Although judges have the authority to adjust their orders based upon the cause of the breakdown (for example, adultery), there are many other factors that they take into account.
Now that you have learned more about no fault divorce in Connecticut, you may want check out our Divorce Information and Facts for answers on other topics.
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