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District of Columbia Divorce Residency Requirements

One of the spouses must have been a resident of Washington D.C. for 6 months immediately prior to filing for divorce. Military personnel are considered residents if they have been stationed in Washington D.C. for 6 months. [District of Columbia Code Annotated; Title 16, Chapter 9, Section 902].

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 District of Columbia. It is most common that people file for a divorce in the county in which they live. You can also read more about the District of Columbia residency requirements in the District of Columbia state statutes located at: http://198.187.128.12/dc/. If you are unsure of whether or not you meet the District of Columbia residency requirements you can try contacting the Clerk’s office of the domestic relations or family law division of your county courthouse.