Steps for Filing for a Connecticut Divorce

by | Apr 19, 2012 | Law

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When you get married, the last thing that is in your mind is chances of your marriage not working out. The unfortunate truth of the matter though is that some marriages are simply not built to last and will end up dissolved. Whether the end of your marriage gives you a sense of relief or anxiety, it is advisable to know the process entailed in its dissolution. Here are some steps to follow when it comes to filing for a Connecticut divorce.

1. The first thing that you should do is find yourself a reputable lawyer. Even though you and your soon to be ex-partner have agreed on how to go about the division of the assets you own as well as other matters, it is important to keep in mind that this is still considered to be a legal process. Thus it would be pertinent to consult with a lawyer qualified in family law for the duration of the process.

2. The second step would be to verify with whom the petition needs to be filed with. This could either be the circuit court or the superior court in your district or your county. To verify this you should get in touch with the local courthouse. You may find in some states that you will be referred to the family court or in other instances a clerk will provide you with all the pertinent information on filing for a divorce.

3. The next thing would be to decide on what type of divorce you will be filing for. One of the options that you have when filing for the dissolution of marriage would be to file for a no fault divorce which is also commonly known as irreconcilable differences. The other option would be to have grounds for the dissolution of the marriage which would imply that the second party is responsible for the failure of the marriage.

4. Make a choice on which person is going to file the first petition for the dissolution of marriage. For a large number of couples, this does not make any difference especially if the decision to dissolve the marriage is mutual. However, if one party is seeking the Connecticut divorce while the other is not then it would be the party interested in dissolving the marriage that will file this initial petition.

5. While filing for the dissolution of marriage, you should also file papers seeking the custody of the children if there are any involved. The end of the marriage should not affect the lives of your children negatively so ensure that you do this with their best interests at heart. This will make the process less traumatic for them.