How long do I need to Reside in Massachusetts to file for Divorce?


Massachusetts divorce lawyer Jason V. Owens answers a frequently asked question about divorce in Massachusetts.

The short and straight-forward answer is that you must reside in Massachusetts for one year, and your child must reside in-state for at least six months, before you can file for divorce in Massachusetts. While there are exceptions to these rules, these exceptions often include complex legal concepts that lay persons generally struggle to understand and follow — and any drafting or procedural mistake you make (based on advice you received over the internet) can have a incurable negative impact on your case moving forward. You need to sit down with an experienced family law attorney if you would like to file for divorce less than one year after moving to Massachusetts.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions: Divorce in Massachusetts page for more information about divorce in Massachusetts.