Connecticut is a “Pure” Equitable Distribution state, which means all property is subject to distribution in the divorce, as opposed to only marital property. The law governing Connecticut property division is Section 46b-81. Equitable Distribution does not mean the court splits all the assets in half. Rather, the court considers a set of factors to determine what is fair in assigning property to each spouse. There are two types of property: (1) marital property, which is the property accumulated during the marriage, and (2) separate property, which is the property owned before the marriage, property that was inherited (at any time), or property that was gifted (at any time).
The factors the court will consider when assigning property in a divorce are as follows:
- The length of the marriage,
- The causes for the annulment, dissolution of the marriage or legal separation,
- The age, health, station, occupation, amount and sources of income, earning capacity, vocational skills, education, employability, estate, liabilities and needs of each of the parties,
- The opportunity of each for future acquisition of capital assets and income, and
- The contribution of each of the parties in the acquisition, preservation or appreciation in value of their respective estates.
See Section 46b-81(c) for the full text of the law.