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Missouri Divorce Residency Requirements

In order to file your Petition for Dissolution of Marriage in Missouri, 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 Missouri 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:

One party must be a resident of the state of Missouri, or is a member of the armed services who has been stationed in this state, for ninety days immediately preceding the commencement of the proceeding and thirty days must have elapsed since the filing of the petition before the dissolution of marriage will be granted.

An original proceeding shall be commenced in the county in which the petitioner resides or in the county in which the respondent resides. (Missouri Statutes - Title 30 - Chapter 452 - Sections: 300 and 305)

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