One of the most frequent questions asked on CWEALF’s Information & Referral Line (I&R) is how to begin the divorce process when the individual cannot afford to hire an attorney. Below are answers to frequently asked questions about self-represented divorce.
- Divorcing without a lawyer works best if you and your spouse have already decided on the complicated parts, such as property division, custody and visitation.
- The waiting period in the state of Connecticut is 90 days between when you file and when your divorce can be finalized.
- The Court Service Centers at every Family Court offer the “Do It Yourself Guide.” You can also find it online here. It’s a step-by-step guide that includes all the forms you need to start the process of divorce.
- If you need help filling out the forms, Court Service Centers are there to help.
- If you need a Marshal to serve court documents, you may go to the Court Service Center or visit the website www.jud.ct.gov
- If you have minor children, you must attend a Parenting Education class, unless the court decides otherwise. See the guide for more information.
- There are several fees associated with a divorce. It costs $350 to file for divorce, plus the cost for the Marshal to deliver the papers, which is approximately $55-$60. For those with minor children, the Parenting Education class costs approximately $120.
- If you cannot afford the fees, you may seek a waiver by filling out the fee waiver form, found here: (JD-FM-75)
Do you have more questions? CWEALF provides FREE legal information through its Information and Referral Line (1-800-479-2949) or 1-860-524-0601, available Monday – Thursday 9am to 2pm, and Fridays 9am to 1pm. You may also email us using this form.
This website contains general information and is not intended to be legal advice, nor should it be construed as such. If you need legal advice and need to consult with an attorney, please contact us for a referral at the above information.