CT divorce while living in NC?

If you have lived here for six months you can file for divorce here. However, CT would have jurisdition over the other issues and I cannot tell you how they would rule.

Helena M. Nevicosi
Attorney with Rosen Law Firm

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My wife and I, who were married in CT in May of 2004, have been living separately (without a formal separation agreement) since March 1, 2007. Because of a transfer at work, I have recently moved to North Carolina, and she remains in CT. How do I proceed with the divorce process now? Do I file for divorce in CT or NC?

Also, she has a daughter from a previous relationship. During our marriage, we had the rights of the daughter’s biological father terminated. My wife now has sole custody and responsibility, and I never pursued adoption due to our marital struggles at the time. Will I be responsibly for child support or alimony payments? I know in CT, they generally don’t grant termination of parental rights unless there is another party who is interested in adoption.

Finally, how substantial will alimony payments be for such a short marriage, and how long will they last? I currently assist my wife with various payments because I have a larger income, but I have accumulated a generous amount of debt due to this. I look forward to being able to pay off my debts and moving on with my life!

Thank you for you assistance.