Connecticut Divorce Lawyer
When looking for a Connecticut divorce lawyer, it’s important to retain a skilled attorney. Divorce is a challenging and emotional process for people. At McConnell Family Law, we guide you through the process and will protect your rights, every step of the way.
- We will help you understand decisions during the divorce process and how those decisions will affect your finances, taxes, and personal life.
- We guide you through each step and help you make difficult decisions on information rather than emotions.
- If you have a will or trust, we review your documents and suggest actions be taken to protect your assets.
- If you’re a business owner, we explain how divorce impacts your business.
- For child or spousal support, our attorneys have the necessary experience to negotiate terms that will be agreeable to you.
Connecticut is a “No-Fault” State
Connecticut is a “no fault” divorce state. What that means, is a spouse does not need to prove “grounds” to obtain a divorce. The Court issues a judgment of divorce because the marriage has “irretrievably broken down.” That said, the court can consider fault in determining the financial orders (alimony and assignment of property). Fault makes a difference in the court’s award when it is substantial and contributes to the breakdown of the marriage or the loss of marital assets. It plays a much smaller role in today’s divorces than people realize. Courts are more focused on that finances and other issues get handled fairly and equitably. The goal is to minimize disruption to the family.
At least one party must have been domiciled (established residency) continuously in Connecticut for 12 months before the date that the Court issues the judgment. You may file for divorce without meeting the 12-month requirement as long as you meet it at the time of the divorce. There are other exceptions to this rule which you can discuss with our office if this is an issue for you.
For more information about family law and divorce in Connecticut, see our Divorce FAQs.