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What are the Residency and Filing Requirements for Divorce in Maryland?

If the grounds for divorce arose in Maryland then either party may file for divorce at any time. If the grounds for divorce arose outside the state of Maryland then one of the parties must have resided in Maryland for one year before the application for divorce is filed. (Maryland Family Law Statutes Title 7, Section 101) The petition for divorce must be filed in a Maryland Circuit Court in the county where the plaintiff lives or where the defendant lives, works or owns a business. (Maryland State Courts)

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