Boddie v. Connecticut

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Boddie v. Connecticut
by John Marshall Harlan II
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United States Supreme Court

401 U.S. 371

Boddie  v.  Connecticut

 Argued: Dec. 8, 1969. --- Decided: Nov 17, 1970


In view of the basic position of the marriage relationship in our society and the state monopolization of the means for dissolving that relationship, due process of law prohibits a State from denying, solely because of inability to pay court fees and costs, access to its courts to indigents who, in good faith, seek judicial dissolution of their marriage. Pp. 374-383.

286 F.Supp. 968, reversed.

Arthur B. LaFrance, New Haven, Conn., for appellants.

Raymond J. Cannon, Hartford, Conn., for appellees.

Mr. Justice HARLAN delivered the opinion of the Court.


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States federal government (see 17 U.S.C. 105).