In order to file for a divorce in Massachusetts residency requirements must be met for the court to accept the case. These residency requirements are, in part, dependent upon where the grounds for divorce took place. Grounds for the divorce simply means the reason for the divorce.
The requirements are as follows:
- If you and your spouse lived together as husband and wife in Massachusetts and the grounds for divorce occurred in the state
- If you and your spouse lived together as husband and wife in Massachusetts and one of you lived there when the grounds for divorce occurred, regardless of where it occurred
- You lived in the state when filing for divorce and the grounds for divorce occurred in the state
- If the grounds for the divorce occurred outside the state, one spouse must have lived in the state for one year
If you meet the Massachusetts divorce requirements, you may then proceed with filing the divorce.
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