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Legal Information: District of Columbia


October 29, 2020

What are the residency requirements to file for divorce in D.C.?

To file for divorce (or legal separation) in D.C., you or your spouse must have been a resident of D.C. for at least 6 months before the filing for the divorce.1

A member of the armed forces will be considered a resident of D.C. if s/he resides in D.C. continuously for 6 months during his/her military service.2

1 D.C. Code § 16-902(a)
2 D.C. Code § 16-902(e)