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Carabetta v. Carabetta
Supreme Court of Connecticut
182 Comm. 344, 438 A.2d 109 (1980)
In 1955, Mr. Carabetta (defendant) and Mrs. Carabetta (plaintiff) exchanged vows in marriage before a Roman Catholic priest. They did not, however, obtain a statutorily required marriage license. They lived together and raised four children with all indications that they considered themselves legally married. Eventually Mrs. Carabetta filed for divorce. The trial court held that the marriage was void because the couple had never obtained a marriage license. The court then dismissed Mrs. Carabetta’s divorce petition for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction. She appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Peters, J.)
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