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Residency Requirements for Divorce in Virginia

Residency requirements in Virginia ensure that the state's courts have jurisdiction over divorce cases. Meeting these requirements is essential before filing a divorce petition.

Residency Requirements for Divorce in Virginia

1. State Residency

  • Requirement: Either spouse must have been a resident of Virginia for at least six months immediately before filing for divorce.
  • Purpose: This requirement ensures that Virginia courts have jurisdiction over the divorce and that there is a significant connection to the state.

2. Military Personnel:

  • Military personnel stationed in Virginia can file for divorce in the state if they meet the residency requirements, or if Virginia was their home state when they entered the service and they have maintained Virginia as their legal residence, even if stationed elsewhere.

Important Considerations

  • Filing Without Meeting Residency Requirements:
    • If the residency requirements are not met, you may need to wait to file for divorce or consider filing in another state where you meet the requirements.
  • Impact on the Divorce Process:
    • Failing to meet the residency requirements can result in dismissal of the divorce case. Ensure that these criteria are met before filing.


Meeting the residency requirements is a critical first step in the divorce process in Virginia. These requirements ensure that Virginia courts have the authority to preside over your divorce. If you're considering filing for divorce in Virginia, ensure that you or your spouse meet the state's residency requirements to avoid complications.

If there are any doubts or questions about your residency status, consulting with a legal professional can provide clarity and guidance.

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