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The followingcapsule summary of the law in this state related to divorce maybe helpful to you. These brief statements are not meant tosubstitute for legal consultation, but rather to highlight themain issues to consider.

Divorce Law


Grounds: Adultery; cruelty orviolence; drug/alcohol addiction; insanity; unexplained absence;conviction of crime; fraudulent contract.

Residency: Resident for 12 monthsbefore filing or 1 party domiciliary at time of marriage andreturned with intent to stay or the cause for dissolutionoccurred after either moved to the state.

Waiting Period: 90 days.

No Fault: Irretrievable breakdown;separation.

Defenses: None listed.

Code Section: 46b-40, 44, 67

Uniform Child Custody Act:1978
Joint Custody:Yes 46b-56a
Grandparent Visitation:Yes, 46b-56, 46b-59
Child's Wishes Considered:Yes
Code Section: 46b-56

Community Property: No.


Grounds: Lack of mutual consent (460A.2d 945); physical incapacity to consummate (11 Conn. Sup. 361);bigamous marriage is a nullity (18 Conn. Sup. 472).

Time Limitation: None listed.

Legitimacy of Children: Children ofvoid marriage are legitimate.

Prohibited Marriages: None listed.

Code Section: 46b-40, 60


American Arbitration Association
Hartford Regional Office
11 Founders Pl., 17th Fl.
Hartford, CT 06108
Phone: (203)289-3993
Fax: (203)282-0459
Karen Barrington-Jalkut, Reg. VP

Connecticut Banking Commissioner'sOffice
44 Capitol Ave.
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: (203)566-4550
Free: 800-842-2220
Ralph Shulansky, Commnr.

Connecticut Bar Association
101 Corporate Pl.
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Phone: (203)721-0025
Fax: (203)257-4125

Connecticut Child Support Division
Department of Human Services
1049 Asylum Ave.
Hartford, CT 06105
Phone: (203)566-4429
Fax: (203)566-7613

Connecticut Department of HealthServices
Vital Records Section
150 Washington St.
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: (203)566-1124
Responds to public inquiries for certified copies of birth,death, and marriage records dating from July 1, 1897. Prior tothis date, contact Register of Vital Statistics in town whereevent occurred. For divorce records, contact clerk of SuperiorCourt where decree was granted. Certified copies of records cost$5. For all inquiries, enclose a stamped, self-addressedenvelope.

Connecticut Insurance Department
PO Box 816
Hartford, CT 06142-0816
Phone: (203)297-3800
Robert R. Googins, Commnr.

Connecticut Self-Help/Mutual SupportNetwork
389 Whitney Ave.
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: (203)789-7645
Carole Shaff, Director

Do Your Own Divorce in Connecticut
Paterson’s Wheeltrack
Freeport, ME 04032
Michael Avery. 1991.

Office of Child Support EnforcementRegional Representative (Connecticut)
John F. Kennedy Federal Bldg., Rm. 2000
Government Center
Boston, MA 02203
Phone: (617)565-2455

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