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Massachusetts Residency Requirement

Massachusetts has a state residency requirements for divorce that couples must meet before filing for divorce. One of the spouses must be a resident of the state if the Massachusetts grounds for divorce happened in the state.

If the grounds for divorce happened outside Massachusetts, then one spouse must be a resident of the state for at least one year. The divorce petition is usually filed in the county where the petitioner lives.

States have different requirements for establishing residency. Learn what state requirements you need to meet to be considered a resident of Massachusetts by speaking with a local Massachusetts divorce lawyer. Find out more about the Massachusetts divorce process and state requirements, such as Massachusetts divorce waiting periods. Connect today to get advice by calling 877-349-1310 or filling out a Massachusetts divorce case review form.

The above synopsis of Massachusetts divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Massachusetts divorce attorney in your area.

Massachusetts divorce laws were last updated May 2009.

Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.