Whether you are establishing custody in a family legal matter, need to establish child support or alimony payments, or need to file for divorce, an experienced family law attorney can help. Indeed, family legal matters are often difficult in and of themselves, but attempting to meet deadlines and comply with best practices while also shouldering the emotional burden of the process can make the process much more painful than it has to be. In today’s blog, your North Haven and Greenwich, CT attorneys aim to help you gain a better understanding of what to expect from the divorce process and explore the grounds for filing in Connecticut.
For Fault v. No Fault
Believe it or not, not just anyone can file for divorce. In fact, the state of Connecticut has defined the parameters in which a person can file the paperwork for and be granted a legal separation, and if your matter does not fall into either of these two categories, then you may not have grounds for the separation. Fortunately, the clear definition of each helps ensure your best interests as a party involved.
In the state of Connecticut, the grounds for legal separation or dissolution of marriage include a decree of annulment or granting of dissolution by a competent court of the state, or the death of one of the parties.
Moreover, CT has both “no fault” and “for fault” divorce, and which category your matter falls into will largely depend on the parameters surrounding your case. For more information about this process, give our team a call today.
For Fault Examples
When a divorce is filed on “for fault” grounds, what has occurred is an egregious violation of the marriage contract. For example, intolerable cruelty, adultery, fraudulent contract, willful desertion for a year with total neglect of duty, habitual intemperance, and more all fall under the “for fault” category of divorce.
Additionally, punishment for proven grounds of this nature may lead to imprisonment and other outcomes. Though these types of divorces might not be as common, it is important to know that parties asking for this type of divorce must prove with specific evidence that the charges or claims have actually occurred.
Proceeding with Your Matter
In a “no fault” separation, the marriage is considered to be broken down irretrievably. Cases of this nature see individuals that have lived apart for a considerable amount of time, no reasonable prospect that differences will be reconciled, and either spouse’s testimony that the union has broken down irretrievably is sufficient for the court to issue to divorce.
Give Our Team a Call
Contact The Law Offices of Charles & Boni-Vendola, LLC in North Haven and Greenwich, CT by calling 203-234-1000 to learn more about your grounds for filing divorce and how we can help.