Take the Easy Way Out With a CT DIY Divorce and DoNotPay’s Help
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Divorce in Connecticut is possible if you or your spouse have lived in the state for the last year.
As a no-fault state, the only reason you need for seeking a divorce is that your marriage has irretrievably broken down. No-fault divorces are the most common cases, and many county courts will offer assistance to ensure that your case can be resolved without too much conflict.
At-fault divorces are also permitted and can be pursued if your spouse has committed any of the following:
- Fraud in entering into the marriage
- Abandonment for a year or more
- Regular drunkenness or drug abuse
- Cruelty or abuse of any kind
- Felonies resulting in a custodial sentence of a year or more
At-fault divorces are considerably more complicated, though, and usually end up in court—you have to prove that your spouse did what you claim, and the process can easily last over a year before it can be resolved. You will also struggle to fight your case without legal representation.
The steps in launching your divorce are as follows:
- Filing divorce papers
- Having the papers served
- Deciding on next steps
The first move in your divorce case is for you to file divorce papers at your nearest county superior court.
The forms you need to fill out are available from the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch and can be downloaded as fillable PDFs.
You have to arrange for the papers to be delivered to your spouse by a state marshal, and the signed confirmation of receipt—known as a return of service—has to be filed with the court.
Your spouse then has 90 days to respond to the summons, and the response signals how your divorce case will play out.
Depending on your spouse’s response, your case will be deemed either contested or uncontested.
If the response challenges your divorce filing, your case will have to be decided in court and you can use the 90 days to prepare.
If your spouse agrees on a friendly divorce, the two of you can start working on an out-of-court settlement agreement, which can either be filed before your first court appearance or presented at your initial case management conference at the end of the 90-day waiting period.
Much of what you have to do to start your divorce can be managed on your own, as follows:
|Divorce Filing Step||DIY Yes or No||Required Action|
|Obtaining divorce papers||Yes||Download the forms or collect them from the local superior court|
|Filling the forms out||Yes||The CT divorce forms are simple and easy to fill out without help. The CT Judicial Branch also provides a divorce navigator to help you understand what to do|
|File the divorce papers||Yes||You can file in person or electronically by signing up for the CT e-filing system|
|Serving the papers||No||You need to have your divorce papers served by a marshal or a private process server. This will cost around $50|
|Preparing a settlement agreement||Yes||If you and your spouse agree on the basics of your settlement, you may be able to negotiate and prepare your settlement agreement without any external help|
|Appearing in court||Yes||If you need to appear before a judge, you are entitled to represent yourself in court. You will be expected to adhere to the same standards as a lawyer, so you may want to seek guidance if your case is contested|
The crucial document in your uncontested divorce is your settlement agreement.
This is a legal contract between you and your spouse that sets out how your marriage will be split up after your divorce, including:
- Custody of your children, shared parenting, and child support responsibilities
- Alimony or spousal maintenance
- Joint assets, real property, and liabilities
Lawyers are the traditional choice for negotiating and drawing up settlement agreements, but you should consider the downsides of hiring attorneys, namely:
- You and your spouse will need separate lawyers—using the same lawyer would represent a conflict of interest
- CT lawyers charge an average of $340 per hour
- Most attorneys require an upfront retainer of up to $10,000 to represent you
Using lawyers can easily result in costs of over $5,000 per spouse to draw up your settlement agreement. If you are committed to a DIY divorce, this is an unnecessary expense.
You can also look at the various online divorce services that offer downloadable settlement agreement templates for you to fill out yourself.
A word of warning, though—many of these templates are generic, and you may find they do not cover the exact terms you need to be included in your agreement. The risk is that a judge could reject your agreement as inadequate.
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- Avoids lawyers’ fees
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- Covers all your settlement details
In a few clicks, your document will be ready to print, sign, and be notarized. Here’s what you have to do to set your agreement up:
- Subscribe to DoNotPay in your web browser
- Click on our Divorce Settlement Agreement feature
- Answer a short questionnaire to capture the terms you have agreed on
Job done! Once it is signed and notarized, your uncontested DIY divorce can move ahead with no impediments.
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