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Residency Requirements for Divorce in Connecticut

Residency requirements in Connecticut ensure that the state's courts have jurisdiction over divorce cases. Meeting these requirements is essential before filing a divorce petition.

Residency Requirements for Divorce in Connecticut

1. State Residency

  • Requirement: One of the following conditions must be met to file for divorce in Connecticut:
    • Either spouse must have been a resident of Connecticut for at least 12 months prior to the date of filing.
    • Either spouse must have been a resident of Connecticut at the time of the marriage, returned to the state with the intention of permanent residence, and has since continuously resided in the state.
    • The grounds for divorce must have occurred after either spouse moved to Connecticut.

2. Purpose

  • These residency requirements ensure that Connecticut courts have jurisdiction over the divorce and that there's a significant connection to the state.

Important Considerations

  • Military Personnel:
    • Military personnel stationed in Connecticut can file for divorce in the state if they meet the residency requirements, or if Connecticut was their home state when they entered the service and they have maintained Connecticut as their legal residence, even if stationed elsewhere.
  • Filing Without Meeting Residency Requirements:
    • If the residency requirements are not met, you may need to wait to file for divorce or consider filing in another state where you meet the requirements.
  • Impact on the Divorce Process:
    • Failing to meet the residency requirements can result in dismissal of the divorce case. Ensure that these criteria are met before filing.


Meeting the residency requirements is a critical first step in the divorce process in Connecticut. These requirements ensure that Connecticut courts have the authority to preside over your divorce. If you're considering filing for divorce in Connecticut, ensure that you or your spouse meet the state's residency requirements to avoid complications.

If there are any doubts or questions about your residency status, consulting with a legal professional can provide clarity and guidance.

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