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Disclaimer: The information on this web
page is provided as a service and a convenience by the Connecticut Judicial
Branch. It is not intended as legal advice to any person. If you have
questions about the use of these forms, your legal rights, or particular
issues in your case, it is strongly recommended that you talk to an attorney.
Due to the changing nature of the law, the forms and
information found on this web site will change from time to time. It is up
to you to follow the current procedures and to file the correct, up-to-date
forms. Each court location has a Clerk's Office and many locations also have
a Court Service Center that
can give you help and information about court procedures. Please note,
however, that Clerk's Office and Court Service Center personnel cannot
provide you with legal advice.
These instructions are to help you represent yourself in a divorce.
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
or contact the
Connecticut Network for Legal Aid
or find additional information at the Law Libraries
staff can answer procedural questions and help you understand the legal
process, but cannot give you legal advice.
You are the defendant in a divorce if a copy of the court forms called a Summons, Complaint and
Notice of Automatic Orders have been delivered to you (or served on
you). A state marshal may hand them to you or leave them at your home.
It is important that you read all the documents.
After you get a copy of the court papers, you may contact an attorney to represent you or
follow the steps below if you want to represent yourself. Even if you
agree with what your spouse says in the complaint, you can take part in
your case. If you do nothing, the judge may order what your spouse asks
for in the Complaint.
following forms can be filed when responding to a divorce:
By filing an
form you are telling the court that you are acting as
your own attorney and giving the court your mailing address. It is best
to file an Appearance as early as possible. Once you file an Appearance
you will receive all court notices and papers filed about your case.
form will tell the court if you agree or disagree with each numbered
statement in the Complaint. There is no court fee to file an Answer.
Divorce Complaint/Cross Complaint
lets the court know what you want.
It also allows the divorce to continue even if your spouse decides to
stop or withdraw the case. There is a court fee to file a cross
If you have children under the age of 18 (eighteen), you
must participate 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/Payment Of Costs/Appointment Of Counsel - Family (JD-FM-75).
You will need the following forms to take part in the class:
Once your forms are filled out, give them to, or file them with the
court clerk. Be sure to make a copy for yourself and send a copy to the plaintiff.
Please note that if you decide to take part in the divorce process that you will have to fill out other forms for the final hearing.
For Help - You may go to the
Court Service Center for help completing these or any other forms. Any additional procedural questions that you might have may also be directed to the staff of the Court Service Center.