The amount of time it takes to get a divorced finalized in Connecticut varies depending on whether or not you and your spouse agree on all of the issues surrounding your lives together (financial and child related). If you do not have an agreement on all issues, what issues are in dispute? Traditionally in Connecticut, there is a ninety (90) day waiting period before a divorce can be finalized. The end of that ninety (90) day waiting period is called a Case Management Date. If you and your spouse have an agreement on all issues (financial and child related issues), you both may appear in court on your Case Management Date with your signed agreement (including a signed parenting plan, if you have children together) and other court required documents (ie., financial affidavits, affidavit concerning children, advisement of rights form) and be divorced that same day. If you do not have an agreement on all issues on your Case Management Date, you will be required to file with the court a Case Management Agreement form along with your financial affidavits on that date. If your dispute involves custody, visitation and/or parenting time of your child(ren), in addition to filing the Case Management Agreement, you MUST appear in court on your Case Management Date. If your dispute does NOT involve any issues involving children, but only financial issues (division of assets and/or debts) you do not need to appear in court on your Case Management Date, but you still need to file the Case Management Agreement form along with your financial affidavits with the court.
Typically, Connecticut courts want your divorce finalized within one (1) year from the date of filing with either an agreement or a trial, but in certain circumstances, it can take more than one (1) year for your divorce to be finalized. If at any time after the filing of your Case Management Agreement form you and your spouse reach an agreement on all of your issues, you may contact the court to get a date to get your divorce finalized, usually within one (1) week (depending on the court’s availability).
As of October 1, 2015, Public Act 15-7 created 2 new ways to expedite your divorce. The first way involves cases where you and your spouse have an agreement of all issues and you have filed a traditional petition for dissolution of your marriage. Public Act 15-7 allows to parties to waive the ninety (90) day waiting period and/or service of process and finalize your divorce in less than ninety (90) days. Under this procedure, you and your spouse MUST appear in Court to have the divorce finalized. The second way involves the filing of a joint petition for a non-adversarial divorce. Certain conditions must apply such as: (1) you have been married for eight (8) years or less; (2) you have no children together, issue of your marriage; (3) you do not own any real estate together; (4) neither you nor your spouse has a defined benefit pension plan; etc…. Under the non-adversarial divorce process, your divorce may be finalized within thirty (30) days of the date of the filing of your joint petition without a hearing and without the need of either you or your spouse appearing in court.
Contact The Experienced Divorce Attorneys at The APEX Law Firm
If you are contemplating filing for a divorce, contact the experienced and compassionate divorce attorneys at The APEX Law Firm to learn if your divorce can be expedited and/or the estimated time frame for the finalizing your divorce. We offer reduced fixed rates for uncontested divorces and can advise you on protecting your rights throughout the process. In Hartford County call (860) 900-0900 or contact us online.