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Where should I file for divorce?

On Behalf of | Sep 21, 2022 | Divorce

As a member of the military, you may move around a lot. When it comes time to file for divorce, you may be unclear about where you should do it.

Should you file in the area where you are currently stationed? What happens if you move again? The general nature of your nomadic job could make it very tricky to decide exactly where to file, especially if you are unsure when you move again. Military OneSource explains regardless of where you are, the law will offer you three options for where you can file for divorce.

Where to file

As a service member, you can choose to file for divorce in whatever location is best for you based on certain factors. You can choose the state in which you are stationed or the state where you have legal residency. In addition, you can also file in the state where your spouse lives. These options are meant to allow for convenience, depending on your situation.

For example, if you expect to move from the current state soon, you may not want to file there. It may be easier to file in your state of residency.


Having a choice of where to file is incredibly beneficial. You will want to consider each option to see which may be most beneficial to you. Think about how each state handles property division and how that could impact you. Also, look into how custody matters usually go in the state if you have kids. You also may want to think about procedures. Which state makes it easiest to file and handle the process?

Make sure that you choose the best place to file that will be the most beneficial yet also convenient.