Connecticut Grounds For Dissolution Of Marriage

  • “A decree of dissolution of a marriage or a decree of legal separation shall be granted upon a finding that one of the following causes has occurred:
    1. (1)  The marriage has broken down irretrievably;
    2. (2)  the parties have lived apart by reason of incompatibility for a continuousperiod of at least the eighteen months immediately prior to the service of the complaint and that there is no reasonable prospect that they will be reconciled;
    3. (3)  adultery;
    4. (4)  fraudulent contract;
    5. (5)  willful desertion for one year with total neglect of duty;
    6. (6)  seven years’ absence, during all of which period the absent party has notbeen heard from;
    7. (7)  habitual intemperance;
    8. (8)  intolerable cruelty;
    9. (9)  sentence to imprisonment for life or the commission of any infamouscrime involving a violation of conjugal duty and punishable byimprisonment for a period in excess of one year;

    (10)legal confinement in a hospital or hospitals or other similar institution or

    institutions, because of mental illness, for at least an accumulated period totaling five years within the period of six years next preceding the date of the complaint.” Conn. Gen. Stat. § 46b-40(c) (2013).

  •   Merger of civil union into marriage by action of the parties.
    “(a) On and after April 23, 2009, and prior to October 1, 2010, two persons who are parties to a civil union entered into pursuant to sections 46b-38aa to 46b- 38oo, inclusive, may apply for and be issued a marriage license, provided such persons are otherwise eligible to marry under chapter 815e and the parties to the marriage will be the same as the parties to the civil union.(b) After the celebration of such marriage and upon the recording of the license certificate or notarized affidavit with the registrar of vital statistics of the town where the marriage took place pursuant to section 46b-34, the civil union of such persons shall be merged into the marriage by operation of law as of the date of the marriage stated in the certificate or affidavit.” Conn. Gen. Stat. § 46b-38qq (2013).
  •   “‘Marriage’ means the legal union of two persons.” Conn. Gen. Stat. § 46b-20(4) (2013).

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