New Connecticut divorce law offers few real benefits

Melissa Dossnews

A new Connecticut law that went into effect Oct. 1 offers residents an opportunity to part ways with their spouses expeditiously without the red tape that can tie up divorces for months.

The new law is called the Nonadversarial Dissolution of Marriage and offers two simplified ways spouses can obtain a divorce.

With one process, those who are eligible can obtain a divorce in 35 days or fewer as compared with the regular procedure, which normally takes at least three months. In addition, a judge may now grant divorces “on the papers” alone, meaning individuals who qualify do not need to come to court.

The other simplified process applies to people who have reached an agreement on all terms of their divorce. They may now file a motion to ask a judge to waive the 90-day waiting period that is part of the dissolution process… Read More