Divorce Process in CT

As a practicing Family Law Attorney, I am often asked what is the divorce process like in CT?


A divorce action starts with the filing of a divorce complaint. This begins a period of “discovery” where financial information is exchanged and custody arrangements are discussed. During this process each party is required to complete a financial affidavit.

Complex matters may require the use of experts to provide more information regarding valuation of certain assets or further investigations. We can discuss the various options available to you and the advantages/disadvantages of each.

Once all relevant information is exchanged, settlement proposals are provided and negotiated. Many divorce agreements are negotiated without ever setting foot in a courtroom – this would be an ideal outcome for most couples going through the divorce process.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, the Connecticut court’s process has recently changed. The first court date is a virtual conference called a remote resolution case plan date. This is a filtering mechanism to determine the level of conflict and necessity of court involvement that is necessary. For cases that require immediate court intervention, a hearing can be scheduled after this date. If not, future scheduling dates will be provided.

Request a consultation with Attorney Rachel Topham Crane