If you’re seriously considering divorce, it’s important to know what the process will entail. There are several reasons for pursuing a divorce and you should know what your options are so you can complete the process in a family law court as quickly as possible. Here are some of the steps involved in the divorce process in Connecticut.
Petition for divorce
To start the divorce you’ll have to file an Original Petition for Divorce with your local court. This document is also called the Letter of Complaint in some states. The petition is a request for the family law court to grant a divorce and should describe any benefits that the spouse filing for divorce is entitled to. The petition identifies both spouses involved in the divorce as well as the names of any children the couple share.
Temporary divorce orders
During this phase of the divorce, the judge has assessed the Original Petition for Divorce and confirms that the spouses are eligible for a divorce. This part of the divorce has a built-in time period to reflect on the pending divorce to see if both parties are sure that they want to proceed. The court can also issue temporary orders such as child custody, child support, or spousal support during this time. All involved parties must follow these orders to avoid being in contempt of court which can lead to fines and jail time.
Discovery of divorce
Discovery is the legal tool used to gather details about both spouses involved in the divorce. Discovery can include disclosures, in which the lawyers for both parties request specific items from the opposing spouse. Once the attorney makes the request, the involved parties have 30 days to respond.
It is also important to be aware of depositions in your divorce case. Sworn testimonies will be taken from both parties and any witnesses who are directly involved with the divorce. Anything that is disclosed in the deposition can be used in a family law court.