How Long Are You Required to Be a Florida Resident Before You Can File for Divorce?

Published on October 8, 2014 Attorney Peterson explains how long you are required to be a resident of Florida before you can file for divorce. Hi. I'm Alex Peterson of Peterson Family Law and today we're answering the question, "How long do I have to be a resident in Florida before I can file for divorce?" The answer is six months. You have to be a resident for six months in the state of Florida to file for a dissolution of marriage. If your spouse does not live in Florida or hasn't lived in Florida for quite some time, that's a more complicated question that needs to be answered involving in personam jurisdiction or personal jurisdiction. I would suggest you speak with an attorney, a licensed, qualified Florida family law attorney about that issue because it can become quite complicated. Thank you very much and I hope that clears the air on how long you need to be a resident in Florida before you can file for divorce. Good Luck.