If my wife and I were married in one state but now live in another, do we have to return the state that we married into get a divorce?

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If my wife and I were married in one state but now live in another, do we have to return the state that we married into get a divorce?

We were married in La but have lived in PA for 15 years. What’s the process for seeking a divorce.

Asked on September 24, 2010 under Family Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

No, you do not need to return to the state that you were married in to file for a divorce. This is a common misconception.  As long as you meet the residency requirements of the state that you want to file in, that is all that is required.  Typically, it is 6 months. So in your case, if you file in PA you more than meet any legal residency conditions.


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