There are several ways to legally end a marriage in Connecticut. These are divorce (dissolution of marriage), annulment, and legal separation. Of these three ways, divorce is the most common. As part of divorce proceedings parties divide their property, set alimony and/or child support orders, decide custody and parenting schedules for minor children, set educational support orders (if applicable) and determine who will be responsible for costs such as health or life insurance.
A divorce takes a minimum of four months to be finalized, and only a few divorces are resolved that quickly. While that seems like a very long time, the time restriction is only on getting a final divorce. During the weeks after a divorce action is filed, the parties put together their financial information, negotiate with each other and can get temporary orders for support. The time is not wasted.