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AN ACT CONCERNING A NONADVERSARIAL DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE (Effective October 1, 2015)

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General

Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2015) (a) An action for a nonadversarial dissolution of marriage may be commenced by the filing of a joint petition in the judicial district in which one of the parties resides. The joint petition shall be notarized and contain an attestation, under oath, by each party that the conditions set forth in subsection (b) of this section exist. (b) An action brought pursuant to subsection (a) of this section may proceed if, at the time of the filing of the action, the parties attest, under oath, that the following conditions exist: (1) The marriage has broken down irretrievably; (2) the duration of the marriage does not exceed eight years; (3) neither party to the action is pregnant; (4) no children were born to or adopted by the parties prior to, or during, the marriage; (5) neither party has any interest or title in real property; (6) the total combined fair market value of all property owned by either party, excluding all encumbrances, is less than thirty-five thousand dollars; (7) neither party has a defined benefit pension plan; (8) neither party has a pending petition for relief under the United States Bankruptcy Code; (9) neither party is applying for or receiving benefits pursuant to Title XIX of the Social Security Act; (10) no other action for dissolution of marriage, civil union, legal separation or annulment is pending in this state or in a foreign jurisdiction; (11) a restraining order, issued pursuant to section 46b-15 of the general statutes, or a protective order, issued pursuant to section 46b-38c of the general statutes, between the parties is not in effect; and (12) the residency provisions of section 46b-44 of the general statutes have been satisfied. After the filing of the joint petition and prior to the court entering a decree of dissolution of marriage pursuant to section 3 of this act, if a change occurs with respect to any of the conditions set forth in this subsection, one or both of the parties shall notify the court forthwith of the changed condition. (c) In addition to attesting to the conditions enumerated in subsection (b) of this section, any joint petition filed pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall also state the date and place of marriage and the current residential address for each party. (d) A joint petition shall be accompanied by financial affidavits completed by each party on a form prescribed by the Office of the Chief Court Administrator, a request for the court to order the restoration of a birth name or former name, if so desired by either party, and a certification attested to by the parties, under oath, that: (1) The parties agree to proceed by consent and waive service of process; (2) neither party is acting under duress or coercion; and (3) each party is waiving any right to a trial,¬†alimony, spousal support or an appeal. (e) If the parties submit a settlement agreement to the court that they are requesting be incorporated into the decree of dissolution, such settlement agreement shall be filed with the joint petition. Each party shall attest, under oath, that the terms of the settlement agreement are fair and equitable. If the court finds that the settlement agreement is fair and equitable, it shall be incorporated by reference into the decree of the court. If the court cannot determine whether such agreement is fair and equitable, the matter shall be docketed for the court’s review in accordance with the provisions of section 4 of this act.

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