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What is a nonadversarial divorce?

On Behalf of | Feb 14, 2017 | Divorce |

Some marriages simply do not work out. The reasons can be various, but every year, couples in Connecticut decide that they are no longer compatible. The state has provided an easier way to end a marriage, called a nonadversarial divorce. This type of divorce streamlines the process to make it much quicker than other divorce options.

According to the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch, you must meet specific requirements to qualify for a nonadversarial divorce. You cannot have any children that were born or adopted by you as a couple or currently be pregnant. You must have been married no more than eight years and meet the residency requirements for obtaining a divorce in the state. You also cannot have any other pending divorce matters. In addition, there should be no protective orders in place, and you cannot be collecting Medicaid benefits.

When it comes to property, the guidelines are rather strict. You cannot have a company-sponsored pension plan, interest or title in real property or a pending bankruptcy. Additionally, any property you own as a couple cannot be worth more than $35,000.

You must meet all the requirements set forth in order to be able to file for a nonadversarial divorce. You must also file all the proper paperwork, which includes a joint petition for nonadversarial divorce, financial affidavits, an appearance form and a notice of automatic orders. However, if you do qualify, your case will usually be completed without having to appear before a judge and within 35 days of filing. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.