A same-sex couple who marry in Connecticut will be able to obtain a divorce in Connecticut with a Divorce Mediator, Divorce Lawyer or Divorce Attorney as long as one of the parties still resides in Connecticut at the time of the divorce action. Parties who make a transitory visit to Connecticut for the purposes of becoming married will not be able to divorce in the Connecticut Courts unless they can prove legal residency. Likewise, if both parties initially reside in Connecticut and move to a state that does not recognize same-sex marriages, they will not be able to obtain a divorce in the new state because they will be deemed to be unmarried; nor, very importantly, will they be able to obtain a divorce in Connecticut because they will not meet Connecticut’s residency requirements. While obtaining a same-sex divorce in Connecticut is “conventional” in all respects — including the jurisdictional requirements, grounds, division of property, child custody, alimony, etc. — parties who are considering contracting a same-sex marriage in Connecticut should prepare for the possibility that they may relocate outside the state during their marriage and be left with no practical means of ending it if the need arises.
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