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California Residency Requirement

Before filing for divorce, one spouse must meet the California residency requirement.

A divorce lawyer can explain how divorce laws affect you.

To meet the residency requirements, one spouse must have been a resident of the state for at least six months. One spouse must also have lived in the county where the divorce petition is being filed for at least three months.

Establishing residency in a state depends on the state divorce laws and requirements.

A local divorce lawyer can further explain what you will need to do to establish residency in California and other requirements you will need to meet during the divorce process, such as California divorce waiting periods.

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The above synopsis of California 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 California divorce attorney in your area.

California divorce laws were last updated July 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.