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Rhode Island Residency Requirement

Before filing for divorce, most states require one of the spouses meet state residency requirement for divorce.

Under Rhode Island divorce law, the person filing for divorce, the petitioner, must be a domiciled inhabitant of the state for at least one year before filing the divorce petition. If the respondent meets the residency requirement and is personally served the complaint, the petitioner doesn't need to meet the requirement.

The divorce petition is filed in the county where the petitioner lives. It may also be served in the county where the respondent lives if he or she meets the one year residency requirement.

The definition of domiciled depends on state laws. A local Rhode Island divorce lawyer can further explain the requirements you need to meet to be considered a domiciled inhabitant, as well as other divorce requirements that may affect the length of the divorce process for you, such as Rhode Island divorce waiting periods.

Get in touch with a local Rhode Island divorce attorney today by calling 877-349-1310 or filling out a Rhode Island divorce case review.

The above synopsis of Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island divorce attorney in your area.

Rhode Island 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.