These instructions are to help you
representing yourself in the dissolution of a civil union in
which children are involved. Legal words and court documents can be
confusing. The more you know, the more comfortable you will be when you
fill out the necessary court forms and come to court. These instructions will give you some useful information and instructions on filling
out the necessary forms.
Every case is different and this instruction
sheet is to be used as a guide only; if you think you need more help you
may want to get an attorney. You can also go to a
Court Service Center or contact the
Connecticut Network for Legal
find additional information at the Law Libraries.
Court staff can answer procedural questions and help you understand the
legal process, but cannot give you legal advice.
To start a dissolution you have
to fill out the following 3 forms:
And attach to the complaint:
Once you finish your paperwork,
you must take it to the Superior Court Clerk’s office. The Clerk
will sign the summons and return the forms to you. Copies of the
paperwork must be delivered to the defendant by a State Marshal.
The Clerk’s office or the Court Service Center can give you a
list of State
Marshals. A State Marshal will charge a fee for delivering
the paperwork which you must pay, unless the court has decided
that you do not have to pay. There is a form you can use to ask
the court to excuse you from paying the State Marshal fee if you
prove that you cannot afford to pay. It is the
Application For Waiver Of Fees/ Appointment Of Counsel
(JD-FM-75). You can also use this form if you cannot afford
to pay the fee to file the case. Do not sign this form until
you are in front of a court clerk or notary public.
Once copies of the paperwork have
been delivered to the defendant, the original paperwork must be
returned to the Clerk’s office along with the filing fee and
proof that the papers were delivered to the other party. If the
court has decided that you do not have to pay the filing fee, you must return
the Application For Waiver of Fees/Appointment of Counsel with
your other papers.
On your paperwork there will be 2
dates listed. One is the Return date. The return date must be
Tuesday and should be at least 4 weeks after the day you bring
the papers to the court clerk. The other is the Case Management
Date. The Case Management date is at least 90 days after your
The next form you will have to
fill out and send or give to the Family Clerk’s office is the:
If the defendant has filed an
Appearance form, he or she needs to sign the Case Management
Agreement form, too. This form must be given or sent to the
Clerk’s Office before the Case Management Agreement date on your
Summons form. You do not have to go to court on the Return date.
On the Case Management Agreement form you are choosing your
actual dissolution date and must be in court on that date. If
you and the defendant do not agree to a dissolution date and
have not filed a Case Management Agreement either, you must come
to court on your Case Management Date.
If you have children under the
age of 18 (eighteen), you must take part in a parenting
education program within 60 (sixty) days after a family case is
filed. There is a fee for the classes that you will have to pay
unless the court has decided that you do not have to.
There is a form to ask the court
to let you not pay the fee. It is the
Application For Waiver Of
Fees/ Appointment Of Counsel Family (JD-FM-75).
You will need the following
forms to participate in the class:
For your final dissolution
hearing you have to fill out the following forms:
If the defendant did not
respond to the Dissolution of Civil Union Complaint you may have
to file another form, the:
On the day of your dissolution
hearing be sure to come to court early because it can take 10 to
20 minutes to get into the courthouse since everyone must go
through a metal detector. Be sure to bring your filled out court
forms and copies of any other forms you may have filed. Go to
your assigned courtroom and wait for instructions. If you are
not sure where to go, check with the Clerk’s office or Court