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Collaborative Divorce in Westport CT


Whether you have lived in Westport CT all your life or you or your spouse have just lived here for one year, Connecticut law allows you to get a divorce here since you meet the residency requirement. Westport, Connecticut is one of the most beautiful cities in New England that embraces this rich history as well as new technology as a leading cosmopolitan area. Westport, CT is one of the top 10 wealthiest cities in the United States, so when a couple divorces, there may be unique challenges presented due to high net worth. Couples may be in dispute about how to divide their property and debts, who should be primarily responsible for the children, whether a prenuptial agreement should apply, or how much spousal support or child support should be ordered. All of these legal issues

If you have accepted that your marriage is over or have been served with divorce papers, it is important that you understand the process of divorce in Westport.

Grounds to File Divorce

In Connecticut, you can file for divorce on no-fault grounds. This means that you do not have to prove that either you or your spouse did anything wrong to cause the end of your marriage. This allows you greater privacy as you go through the divorce process because you do not have to describe in a public forum why you want a divorce. However, the fault may be relevant in some issues related to the divorce, such as property division, alimony and child custody.

How to File for Divorce in Westport

Couples may file for a simplified divorce if they agree about all terms of their divorce, such as property division, child custody, and support issues and if they meet certain additional criteria. Alternatively, they may be able to enter into a divorce with the agreement and waive the 90-day waiting period.

If the spouses do not agree on the terms of their divorce, one of the spouses will file for a divorce without an agreement, and the other spouse will be legally served with these and related documents. When Courts resume normal business, the case is not resolved before the hearing date, the judge will decide any issues that remain in dispute. Until the Courts resume normal business, it could be many months before you get resolution of the issues important to you. The collaborative process is done outside the courts and allows you to resolve your issues and get divorced now.

About Westport

Westport is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut. It is located 52 miles from New York City. As of the most recent U.S. Census, 26,391 people lived in the historic Westport town. Its origins date back to Native Americans and the five original Bankside Farmers who settled in 1648. Because of the cooperative spirit of the town’s inhabitants, Westport has become one of the most affluent suburbs in the nation. Home to the Westport Museum for History and Culture and many creative types, Westport has a culturally rich and diverse environment.

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