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When a person wants to end their marriage through the dissolution of marriage or divorce in Connecticut, they are technically required to have a grounds for divorce, which is just a valid reason that they no longer wish to be married. Connecticut is a “no-fault” divorce state, meaning you technically don’t need any other reason to get divorced other than the marriage has been irretrievably broken for at least six months prior to filing for divorce. However, if you wish to file for a different reason, you have options.

One of the grounds for dissolution of marriage is that you and your spouse have lived apart for at least 18 months before filing for divorce because you simply could not cohabitate peacefully. You also have to state that you do not feel as though there is any chance of repairing the marriage. If one of the spouses committed adultery, they are permitted to file for divorce. The other relatively general reasons that a person can have grounds for divorce include willful desertment for one year, absence and no-contact for seven years, and intolerable cruelty.

There are some less commonly seen circumstances that also permit a spouse to file for divorce. For example, if your spouse has been sentenced to life in prison or has been sentenced to prison for more than one year, this can serve as grounds for divorce. In addition, if your spouse has been institutionalized due to mental illness for an accumulated time of five years in the six total years before the divorce was filed, you can have grounds for divorce.

If you have questions about dissolving your marriage in the state of Connecticut, you should consult with an experienced divorce and family law attorney today.

Judith Goldberg, Esq. is a family law attorney that serves the greater Connecticut area with quality legal services. If you need an attorney to guide you through your legal matter, contact The Law offices of Judith Goldberg today and we would be happy to assist you.

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