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Alaska Divorce Residency Requirements

In order to file your Petition for Dissolution of Marriage in Alaska, you must make sure the Superior Court has jurisdiction over your case. The most common way spouses are eligible to use a specific court system is by meeting the residency requirements. Meeting the Alaska residency requirements is typically only a concern for a spouse who has recently moved or is planning to move in the near future. The filing requirements are as follows:

The spouse who is filing for the dissolution of marriage must be a resident of the state of Alaska at the time of filing.

Any person who is serving in a military branch of the United States government who has been continuously stationed at a military base or installation in the state of Alaska for at least 30 days is considered a resident of the state.

The divorce is typically filed with in county in which the filing spouse lives. (Alaska Dissolution Statutes - Sections: 22.10.030, 25-24-080, 25.24.090)

Since divorce is governed by state law, it is required that you meet specific residency requirements in order to file for a divorce in the state of Alaska. It is most common that people file for a divorce in the county in which they live. You can also read more about the Alaska residency requirements in the Alaska state statutes located at: http://www.touchngo.com/lglcntr/akstats/Statutes/.

If you are unsure of whether or not you meet the Alaska residency requirements you can try contacting the Clerk’s office of the domestic relations or family law division of your county courthouse.