Divorce laws vary from state to state. This brochure addresses some common ques-
tions people may have about divorce in Connecticut. For a more complete legal booklet
on divorce in Connecticut, or to speak to a staff person about this or other legal
issues, call CWEALF’s Information and Referral Service number listed on the back of
Did you know...
• that Connecticut does not have common law marriage?
Even if you have lived with the same person for a number of years, Connecticut
does not consider you married. However, if you have children and property
together, you may want to consult a lawyer to help establish custody, child sup-
port, visitation, and assist with the division of property.
• that you can file for a divorce on a “no fault” basis?
This means you do not have to prove that your spouse is at fault, only that the
“marriage has broken irretrievably” and there is no hope of getting back
together. that both people do not have to agree to the divorce?
Only one person has to claim that the marriage has irretrievably broken down.
• that property settlements are not modifiable after the divorce?
If you don’t like a judge’s decision about property settlements, you can appeal
to a higher court. Appeals, however, are not often successful and are time con-
suming and expensive. These appeals must be done within twenty days of the
date the decree was issued.
• that even if you do not know where your spouse is, you can obtain a divorce?
Attempts must be made to notify your spouse through “publication.” You must
follow specific rules about when and where to publish a legal notice in the
newspaper and get documents to prove that you have taken these steps.
CWEALF can give you more information on how to go about completing this
How can I get a divorce?
You must file an action in court either by:
• Hiring an attorney; or
• Doing a prose “do it yourself” divorce. This method generally works best
when the divorce will be uncomplicated. There are some attorney services that
will review your papers if