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Legal Information: Alabama


Laws current as of September 1, 2023

What are the residency requirements to file for divorce in Alabama?

The amount of time that you or your spouse has to live in Alabama before filing for a divorce will depend on whether or not one or both of the spouses live in Alabama, as follows:

  • If both spouses are residents of Alabama, a divorce can be filed at any time;
  • If only the person filing for the divorce (the plaintiff) is a resident of Alabama and the other spouse (the defendant) lives in another state, the plaintiff must have been a resident of Alabama for at least six months immediately before filing for the divorce; or
  • If only the defendant is a resident of Alabama but the person filing for divorce (the plaintiff) lives in another state, a divorce can be filed at any time.1

1 Ala. Code § 30-2-5