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Rhode Island Divorce Residency Requirements

In order to file your Complaint for Divorce in Rhode Island, you must make sure the Family 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 Rhode Island 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:

No complaint for divorce from the bond of marriage shall be granted unless the plaintiff has been a domiciled inhabitant of this state and has resided in this state for a period of one year next before the filing of the complaint.

The divorce would be filed in the county in which the plaintiff resides or in the county in which the defendant resides if he or she meets the 1 years residency requirement. (General Laws of Rhode Island - Title 15 , Chapter 15-5-12)

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