Bill clears Connecticut legislature allowing faster divorces

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some married couples in Connecticut may soon be able to part ways more quickly.

The House of Representatives voted 135-12 Tuesday to create a new expedited process. Under the legislation, which cleared the Senate, a judge can enter a divorce decree without a hearing for certain non-adversarial divorces.

Eligible couples must meet certain conditions. For example, their marriage is less than eight years old, the parties have no children and neither party is pregnant. Also, the total fair market value of property owned by either party must be less than $35,000.

Rep. William Tong said divorcing couples currently must file a civil action which can take a minimum of 90 days. Under this bill, the non-adversarial divorce actions must be resolved at least 30 days after a petition is filed.

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