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Residency Requirements for Divorce in Maryland

Residency requirements in Maryland ensure that the state's courts have jurisdiction over divorce cases. Meeting these requirements is essential before filing a divorce petition.

Residency Requirements for Divorce in Maryland

1. State Residency

  • Requirement: The residency requirement depends on where the grounds for divorce occurred:
    • If the grounds occurred in Maryland: Either spouse must be a resident of Maryland at the time of filing.
    • If the grounds occurred outside of Maryland: Either spouse must have lived in Maryland for at least six months before filing for divorce.
  • Purpose: These requirements ensure that Maryland courts have jurisdiction over the divorce and that there is a significant connection to the state.

Important Considerations

  • Military Personnel:
    • Military personnel stationed in Maryland can file for divorce in the state if they meet the residency requirements, or if Maryland was their home state when they entered the service and they have maintained Maryland as their legal residence, even if stationed elsewhere.
  • Filing Without Meeting Residency Requirements:
    • If the residency requirements are not met, you may need to wait to file for divorce or consider filing in another state where you meet the requirements.
  • Impact on the Divorce Process:
    • Failing to meet the residency requirements can result in dismissal of the divorce case. Ensure that these criteria are met before filing.


Meeting the residency requirements is a critical first step in the divorce process in Maryland. These requirements ensure that Maryland courts have the authority to preside over your divorce. If you're considering filing for divorce in Maryland, ensure that you or your spouse meet the state's residency requirements to avoid complications.

If there are any doubts or questions about your residency status, consulting with a legal professional can provide clarity and guidance.

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