I Got Married in Nevada, Don’t I Need to Get Divorced There?

Not necessarily is the short answer. In fact, you can file for divorce in any other state in the U.S., as long as you meet the residency requirements and grounds for divorce in that state.

This can be an important fact for people to understand as they are planning for divorce because it can help them “shop” for states in which their interests may be better protected by divorce laws.

Overview of State Divorce Residency Requirements

The following table presents a basic overview of the residency requirements for divorce for each state in the U.S. Please note that these requirements may change overtime as laws are updated in different states.

StateDivorce Residency Requirement
Alabama6 mos.
AlaskaNone
Arizona90 days
Arkansas60 days
California6 mos.
Colorado90 days
Connecticut12 mos.
Delaware6mos.
District of Columbia6 mos.
Florida6 mos.
Georgia6 mos.
Hawaii6 mos.
Idaho6 weeks
Illinois90 days
Indiana6 mos.
IowaNone
Kansas60 days
Kentucky180 days
LouisianaNone
Maine6 mos.
Maryland1 year
Massachusetts1 year
Michigan180 days
Minnesota180 days
Mississippi6 mos.
Missouri90 days
Montana90 days
Nebraska1 year
Nevada6 weeks
New Hampshire1 year
New Jersey1 year
New Mexico6 mos.
New York1 to 2 years
North Carolina6 mos.
North Dakota6 mos.
Ohio6 mos.
Oklahoma6 mos.
Oregon6 mos.
Pennsylvania6 mos.
Rhode Island1 year
South Carolina1 year
South DakotaNone
Tennessee6 mos.
Texas6 mos.
Utah3 mos.
Vermont6 mos. to 1 year
Virginia6 mos.
WashingtonNone
West Virginia1 year
Wisconsin6 mos.
Wyoming60 days

Grounds for Divorce in Different States

Just as different states have different residency requirements, so too are the grounds for divorce different from state to state. In general, however, some combination of the following may be applicable grounds for divorce in different states:

  • No fault, irreconcilable differences
  • Incompatibility
  • Living separate and apart (for some minimum period of time, which varies from state to state)
  • Judicial separation

Ready to pursue divorce in Nevada? Contact RIGHT Lawyers at (702) 914-0400 to speak with a Las Vegas Divorce Lawyer.