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Florida Divorce Residency Requirements

In order to file your Petition for Dissolution of Marriage in Florida, you must make sure the Circuit 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 Florida 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:

To obtain a dissolution of marriage, one of the parties to the marriage must reside 6 months in the state before the filing of the petition. The dissolution of marriage can be filed in the county in which either or both spouses reside. (Florida Statutes - Chapters: 61.021)

Since dissolution of marriage is governed by state law, it is required that you meet specific residency requirements in order to file for a dissolution of marriage in the state of Florida. It is most common that people file for a dissolution of marriage in the county in which they live. You can also read more about the Florida residency requirements in the Florida state statutes located at: http://www.flsenate.gov/. If you are unsure of whether or not you meet the Florida residency requirements you can try contacting the Clerk’s office of the domestic relations or family law division of your county courthouse.