There are several practical issues that must be resolved before a divorce is finalized, including the division of financial assets, child custody and making new housing arrangements. You can download Connecticut Divorce Forms below, or they are available from any Connecticut Judicial District Court Clerk's office. As long as the divorce is not uncontested it takes approximately four months to finalize a divorce in Connecticut.
To initiate proceedings will need to fill out three forms. The Summons Family Actions form enables a state marshal to serve the divorce notice to your spouse. Fill in the return date and select your district courthouse. The Divorce Complaint form details the terms of the divorce such as arrangements for child custody and alimony. The Notice of Automatic Court Orders prohibits spouses from making any drastic changes before the divorce such as moving a child out of state, or making changes to financial assets. If there are children involved, this form also requires that parents attend a parenting education program.
Once the forms are complete, take them to a clerk court who will notarize them and return them to you. You will then need to contact a state marshal in order to have the divorce papers served on your spouse.
Once the divorce proceedings start, you will have 90 days to work out any issues with your spouse. During this period you will need to file the Case Management Agreement form. You must also prepare a Financial Affidavit form within 30 days of the return date. If there are children involved, parents are required to attend a parent education class approved by the court within 60 days of the return date.
You will then be given a date to appear in front of the judge. Before your court date you should fill out the final Connecticut Divorce Forms. At the hearing you will be asked questions about your spouse by the judge, you should aim to give honest and accurate answers.
Forms: (taken from Connecticut Judicial Branch Official Website)