Appellate Court of Connecticut
844 A.2d 855 (Conn. App. Ct. 2004)
Mr. Grimm (defendant) and Mrs. Grimm (plaintiff) were married. Mrs. Grimm filed for no-fault divorce based on an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. Mrs. Grimm had previously filed and withdrawn five other divorce actions. Mrs. Grimm testified that she had continually withdrawn the actions due to Mr. Grimm’s attempts to prolong and force Mrs. Grimm to spend significant amounts of money on the process. Mrs. Grimm testified that Mr. Grimm was distant, abusive, and dishonest during the course of their marriage. Mrs. Grimm also testified that Mr. Grimm had exposed himself in the presence of a child and committed larceny. Mr. Grimm responded that Mrs. Grimm’s pattern of filing and withdrawing divorce actions was indicative that the marriage had not truly suffered an irretrievable breakdown and that Mrs. Grimm actually still wanted to reconcile. Mr. Grimm also argued that the Connecticut divorce statute violated his freedom of religion, which does not allow divorce. The trial court found that the marriage had irretrievably broken down and granted Mrs. Grimm divorce. Mr. Grimm appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Schaller, J.)
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