Each state in the U.S. has its own residency laws for individuals seeking divorce. In order to legally seek divorce within a state, you must meet the residency requirements. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to file for divorce in the state in which you were married. Most people file for divorce within the state and county in which they currently reside.
If you have recently moved from one state to another and are considering divorce, you may find yourself in a unique situation. Before pursuing divorce be sure that you know what the residency requirements are for your new state. This information will help determine how you proceed with your divorce.
Texas Residency Requirements
To qualify for divorce in the state of Texas, one spouse must have lived in Texas for the past six months. It is not necessary for both spouses to have residency status in order to file for divorce. In addition to the state residency requirement, at least one spouse must have resided in the county in which the divorce is filed for a minimum of 90 days. If you do not meet these requirements your divorce case will not be accepted by the court.
If You Do Not Qualify
If you have recently moved to Texas, you and your spouse may not yet meet the state's residency qualifications for divorce. If this is the case, there are still a few divorce options for you to consider:
For More Information
To learn more about filing for divorce in Texas, please visit the website of experienced Austin divorce attorneys Slater Kennon & Jameson, LLP today.