Divorce Filing Residency Requirement Reduced to Six Months in Maryland

October 8, 2015

As of October 1, 2015, couples seeking to divorce in Maryland are subject to a six-month residency requirement. Previously, an individual had to reside in the state of Maryland for a full year before he or she could file for divorce. 


This reduction is a boon to many in the metropolitan area surrounding Washington, DC who are accustomed to moving freely between Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Military members and civilian contractors who relocate frequently are also expected to appreciate the shorter residency requirement. The bill (House Bill 1185, available here) was one of several that passed this year removing obstacles to divorce.



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