Bill would simplify divorce process in CT

Getting a divorce in Connecticut could get easier under a bill state lawmakers are considering, but some believe the plan could backfire on domestic abuse victims.



In divorce cases in which one side refuses to come to court, the proposed bill would allow judges to issue some divorces in just two weeks.



The two-week timeframe would apply to couples who haven't been married long, who are without children and without joint assets.



Officials at Stamford's Domestic Violence Crisis Center say the bill is a recipe for disaster. They say women whose husbands control all the finances can't hire a lawyer that fast.



"You have no idea where to go," says Meaghan Dwyer. "You might not even know what bank account your husband uses. Is your name even on the account?"



State lawmakers were set to vote on the bill Wednesday but at the last minute pulled it in order to look at the issue more.


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