What is the Waiting Period in Connecticut Divorces?

gold border around a white square that has black letters that read "What is the waiting period in Connecticut divorces?"It’s no surprise that we are often asked whether Connecticut what the waiting period is for Connecticut divorces.  Many of Freed Marcroft’s divorce clients highly value their time, and one of their goals is that their divorce not be prolonged.

The short answer is there is a waiting period — but there are options to avoid it.

To learn more, read on.

The 90 Day Waiting Period for Connecticut Divorces

Traditionally, there is a 90 day waiting period before you can get a divorce in Connecticut.

When Does the 90 Day Waiting Period Begin and End?

The 90 Day Waiting Period begins on the Return Date, the date that marks the technically beginning of the divorce.  (Note that the Return Date is not the date that the divorce papers are served on your spouse or filed with the court.)   The 90 Day Waiting Period ends on the  “Case Management Date.”

Along with the Return Date, the Case Management Date is established right when a divorce is first initiated in Connecticut.  You can find it listed on your Summons.

Can You Avoid the Waiting Period?

The most significant opportunity to avoid the 90 Day Waiting Period and divorce more quickly is for spouses who have reached an agreement.  In Connecticut, when there is a full agreement we can request that the Court waive the 90 Day Waiting Period.  This is very commonly used in mediation and collaborative divorces, which are designed to assist spouses in reaching full agreements outside of court.  We can also “waive 90” in a divorce litigation when we’ve reached a full settlement agreement via negotiation.

Next Steps

At Freed Marcroft, we want you to understand what is happening in your divorce.  For our report “Your Connecticut Divorce Options,” please click here.

Most of all, you want a skilled legal strategy rooted in your goals.  Our first step at Freed Marcroft, the Goals & Planning Conference, is designed to get to the heart of your problem and unveil your true goals for your life. Once we discover your goals at the Goals and Planning Conference, we are able to take our collective experience with divorce, law, the available ways to divorce, strategy, courts, judges, and other lawyers, and build a divorce customized for you.

Schedule your Goals & Planning Conference today, or contact us either here or by phone at 860-560-8160.

Written by Meghan Freed