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.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s