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Grounds for Divorce in Connecticut
Each state has unique grounds in which a dissolution of marriage may be granted by the court. When choosing the grounds for your dissolution of marriage, you should always remember that you must have sufficient proof to the court that your marital situation warrants a dissolution of marriage by the grounds you are requesting.
Grounds for Filing: The Complaint for Dissolution of Marriage must declare the appropriate Connecticut grounds upon which the dissolution of marriage is being sought. The appropriate lawful ground will be that which the parties agree upon and can substantiate, or that which the filing spouse desires to prove to the court. The dissolution of marriage grounds are as follows:
No Fault:(1) Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage;
(2) the parties have lived apart by reason of incompatibility for a continuous period of at least the eighteen months;
(2) Fraudulent contract;
(3) Willful desertion for one year;
(4) Seven years’ absence, during all of which period the absent party has not been heard from; (5) Habitual intemperance;
(6) Intolerable cruelty;
(7) Imprisonment; (8) Five years confinement for mental illness.
(Connecticut General Statutes - Title 46b - Chapter 40)
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If you do not fall under any of the above mentioned grounds for divorce/dissolution, you most likely should consider trying to save your marriage. Many spouses find that they do not meet the requirements of a waiting period, which can be very frustrating, but it is these waiting periods that are in place in order to help prevent rash decisions to terminate a marriage. You can also learn more about the grounds for divorce in other states.
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