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Residency Requirements for Divorce in Utah

Residency requirements in Utah ensure that the state's courts have jurisdiction over divorce cases. Meeting these requirements is essential before filing a divorce petition.

Residency Requirements for Divorce in Utah

1. State Residency

  • Requirement: Either spouse must have been a resident of Utah, or a member of the armed forces stationed in Utah, for at least three months immediately before filing for divorce.
  • Purpose: This requirement ensures that Utah courts have jurisdiction over the divorce and that there is a significant connection to the state.

2. County Residency

  • Requirement: The divorce should be filed in the county where either spouse has resided for at least three months immediately before filing for divorce.
  • Purpose: This requirement ensures that the local county court has jurisdiction over the case.

Important Considerations

  • Military Personnel:
    • Military personnel stationed in Utah can file for divorce in the state if they meet the residency requirements, or if Utah was their home state when they entered the service and they have maintained Utah as their legal residence, even if stationed elsewhere.
  • Filing Without Meeting Residency Requirements:
    • If the residency requirements are not met, you may need to wait to file for divorce or consider filing in another state where you meet the requirements.
  • Impact on the Divorce Process:
    • Failing to meet the residency requirements can result in dismissal of the divorce case. Ensure that these criteria are met before filing.


Meeting the residency requirements is a critical first step in the divorce process in Utah. These requirements ensure that Utah courts have the authority to preside over your divorce. If you're considering filing for divorce in Utah, ensure that you or your spouse meet the state's residency requirements to avoid complications.

If there are any doubts or questions about your residency status, consulting with a legal professional can provide clarity and guidance.

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