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Maryland Residency Requirement

To file for divorce in Maryland, one of the spouses must meet the Maryland residency requirement. Maryland divorce law requires either spouse to live in the state for a year if the Maryland grounds for divorce happened outside state boundaries.

If the grounds for divorce occurred within the state, either spouse can file for divorce as long as he or she is a resident. Maryland may have specific standards you must meet to be considered a resident of the state, so speak with a Maryland divorce lawyer to make sure you meet the requirements before filing a divorce petition. The petition can be filed in either county where either spouse lives, but the divorce is typically filed for in the country where the filing spouse lives.

If you are filing for divorce under the grounds of insanity, the residency requirement is two years.

Speak to a Maryland divorce lawyer to learn about different state requirements including residency requirements and Maryland divorce waiting periods. A Maryland divorce lawyer can give you advice on how to work through the divorce process and how your divorce may be affected by Maryland divorce laws. Connect today by calling 877-349-1310 or filling out a Maryland divorce case review.

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The above synopsis of Maryland 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 Maryland divorce lawyer in your area.

Maryland divorce laws were last updated April 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.