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A civil union entered into in Connecticut is only recognized in Connecticut. It is confusing because a civil union entered into in MA is recognized in CT.
Since MA does not recognize the civil union established in CT, it cannot be dissolved in MA. The civil union must be dissolved in CT. However, in order to dissolve the civil union in CT, you or your partner must meet the residency requirements of CT.
The Connecticut residency requirements are as follows:
A decree dissolving a marriage or granting a legal separation may be entered if: (1) One of the parties to the marriage has been a resident of this state for at least the twelve months next preceding the date of the filing of the complaint or next preceding the date of the decree; or (2) one of the parties was domiciled in this state at the time of the marriage and returned to this state with the intention of permanently remaining before the filing of the complaint; or (3) the cause for the dissolution of the marriage arose after either party moved into this state.
For the purposes of this section, any person who has served or is serving with the armed forces, as defined by section 27-103, or the merchant marine, and who was a resident of this state at the time of his or her entry shall be deemed to have continuously resided in this state during the time he or she has served or is serving with the armed forces or merchant marine. The Dissolution of Marriage is typically filed with in county in which the filing spouse lives.
(Connecticut General Statutes - Title 46b - Chapter 44)
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