Preparing for divorce is never easy. Whether it is amicable or contentious, and no matter who is initiating it, divorcing your spouse is confusing and stressful. You probably have a lot of questions about the process and legal details.
Divorcing can be complex, but with the right help, you can navigate it successfully. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about divorce in Connecticut.
Does there need to be grounds for divorce?
Most states in America fall into one of two categories when it comes to divorce: "fault" and "no-fault." In a "fault" state, a divorce is only possible by proving one spouse is damaging the marriage, usually by adultery, criminal behavior or willful desertion. "No-fault" states allow divorces no matter what. Connecticut is a hybrid state, which means you can file for either type of divorce. Whether you claim fault or no-fault may impact various decisions regarding support payments and child custody.
Can there be support payments during a pending divorce?
Yes. Couples may not need to wait until the divorce is final to start dealing with support payments. The family court may make a temporary order for the payment of alimony or child support while your divorce is underway. You may be able to modify these orders before the process is final.
How is custody determined?
Numerous factors go into creating custody agreements in a Connecticut divorce. One option is reaching your won agreement with the other parent outside court. The court may review the agreement and make adjustments to ensure it serves your children well. If you and your ex cannot agree on a custody arrangement, the court will consider a variety of factors when creating a custody order. The court may factor in the following:
- The ability of each parent to care and love for the children
- The current and past relationships with each parent
- The stability of each residence
- The needs and temperament of children
- The wishes of the children (depending on their age)
Overall, the court's concern is the best interests of your children.