What are Grounds for Divorce in Connecticut?

Connecticut law lists 10 different possible grounds for divorce, including: (1) the marriage has broken down irretrievably; (2) the parties have lived apart for at least 18 continuous months prior to filing for dissolution of marriage because they are incompatible and there is no reasonable prospect they will reconcile; (3) adultery; (4) fraudulent contract; (5) willful desertion for one year; (6) 7 years absence during which the absent party has not made contact; (7) habitual intemperance; (8) intolerable cruelty; (9) life in prison or certain other criminal sentences; and (10) legal confinement to a hospital for mental illness for 5 of the 6 years prior to filing for dissolution of the marriage. (Connecticut Statutes Chapter 815j, Section 46b-40)

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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