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Oklahoma Divorce Residency Requirements

In order to file your Petition for Divorce in Oklahoma, you must make sure the District 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 Oklahoma 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:

Either the plaintiff or the defendant in an action for divorce must have been an actual resident, in good faith, of the state, for six (6) months next preceding the filing of the petition.

Provided, any person who has been a resident of any United States army post or military reservation within the State of Oklahoma, for six (6) months next preceding the filing of the petition, may bring action for divorce or may be sued for divorce.

The divorce is typically filed with in county in which the filing spouse resides. (Oklahoma Statutes - Title 43 - Sections: 102 and 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 Oklahoma. It is most common that people file for a divorce in the county in which they live. You can also read more about the Oklahoma residency requirements in the Oklahoma state statutes located at: http://oklegal.onenet.net/. If you are unsure of whether or not you meet the Oklahoma residency requirements you can try contacting the Clerk’s office of the domestic relations or family law division of your county courthouse.