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Ohio Divorce Residency Requirements

In order to file your Petition for Dissolution of Marriage or Complaint for Divorce in Ohio, you must make sure the Court of Common Pleas 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 Ohio 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 plaintiff in actions for divorce and annulment shall have been a resident of the state at least six months immediately before filing the complaint. Actions for divorce and annulment shall be brought in the proper county for commencement of action pursuant to the Rules of Civil Procedure. The court of common pleas shall hear and determine the case, whether the marriage took place, or the cause of divorce or annulment occurred, within or without the state. 

Actions for legal separation shall be brought in the proper county for commencement of actions pursuant to the Rules of Civil Procedure. 

The divorce is typically filed with in county in which the filing spouse resides. (Ohio Code - Sections: 3105.03)

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