In order to get divorced in Connecticut, one of the parties to the marriage must have been a resident of the state for 12 months preceding the date of the filing.
Residency is also established if one of the parties lived in Connecticut at the time of the marriage and returned to the state with the intention of permanently remaining before the filing of the complaint or the cause for the dissolution of the marriage arose after either party moved into this state.
Connecticut grants divorces upon a finding of:
A court in Connecticut may assign to either the husband or wife all or any part of the estate of the other. The court may pass titles to real property to either party or a third person or order the sale of the property, if the judge deems it necessary.
When valuing the property and deciding which party is entitled to which piece of property, the court shall consider:
The court shall also consider the contribution of each of the parties in the acquisition, preservation or appreciation in value of their respective estates.
The statutory factors in determining alimony are:
In making or modifying any order with respect to custody or visitation, the court shall be guided by (1) the best interests of the child, giving consideration to the wishes of the child if the child is of sufficient age and capable of forming an intelligent preference, provided in making the initial order the court may take into consideration the causes for dissolution of the marriage or legal separation if such causes are relevant in a determination of the best interests of the child, and (2) consider whether the party satisfactorily completed participation in a parenting education program.
Joint custody means an order awarding legal custody of the minor child to both parents, providing for joint decision-making by the parents and providing that physical custody shall be shared by the parents in such a way as to assure the child of continuing contact with both parents. The court may award joint legal custody without awarding joint physical custody where the parents have agreed to merely joint legal custody. There is a presumption that joint custody is in the best interests of a minor child where the parents have agreed to such an arrangement.
The purpose of a child support order in Connecticut is to provide for the care and wellbeing of minor children and not to equalize the available income of divorced parents.
In determining whether a child is in need of support and if the parents are able to provide support, the court shall consider the age, health, station, occupation, earning capacity, amount and sources of income, estate, vocational skills and employability of each of the parents, and the age, health, station, occupation, educational status and expectation, amount and sources of income, vocational skills, employability, estate and needs of the child.