When you make the difficult decision to file for divorce, the cost associated with divorce should not be an issue. Unfortunately, divorce is expensive. Some people choose to hire an attorney. Others choose to complete the paperwork on their own. Either way, you are still required to pay a filing fee in the state of Connecticut. The fee to file divorce papers in Connecticut is $150. Fortunately, if you have no money to spend, you can still file for divorce.
Utilize free legal aid. Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut provides several different types of assistance to low-income residents seeking divorce assistance. The service features a hotline to offer callers legal advice. Representation may also be provided if the case qualifies. If you do not meet the income requirements, you can visit its website for a variety of self-help information and printable forms (see References). The hotline can be reached by dialing "1-800-453-3320."
Obtain paperwork at your local Connecticut Clerk of Court website. Most court websites in the state allow you to download and print the divorce paperwork free of charge. If you do not have access to a printer, you can visit the Clerk of Court to obtain the papers. You will likely be charged a small fee to cover printing costs.
Visit a Connecticut Law Library for assistance completing the paperwork. If you are unsure of terminology or need help referencing related court cases, the law library staff can help you access relevant information. The State of Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Libraries provides a list of local law libraries on their website (see Resource).
File indigent. If you cannot afford the filing fee in Connecticut, you can apply to have it waived if the court deems you indigent. When you are ready to file your divorce papers, ask the clerk at the courthouse for an Application for Determination of Indigent Status. You will need to answer questions about your income and expenses.