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Maryland Divorce Residency Requirements

In order to file your Bill for Divorce in Maryland, 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 Maryland 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:

There is a 1 year requirement if the grounds for the divorce occurred outside the state of Maryland, otherwise if either spouse is a resident of the state of Maryland, he or she may file in the county in which either spouse resides. If you are filing for divorce under the grounds of insanity, the residency requirement is increased to 2 years.

The divorce is typically filed with in county in which the filing spouse lives. (Maryland Code - Family Law Chapter - Section: 7-103)

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