Jurisdictional Requirements for Divorce in New York

Because New York does not want to create a divorce mill, our legislature set forth the following jurisdictional requirements that must be followed by someone wishing to bring a divorce action in this state. To get divorced in New York, one of the following conditions must exists:

  • At least one of the parties has lived in New York for the last two years
  • The marriage took place in New York, and one of the parties has lived in New York for the past year
  • The grounds for divorce took place in New York, and at least one party has resided in New York for the past year
  • The grounds for the divorce took place in New York and both parties reside in New York

I am attorney Kurt Richards, and for over 25 years I have represented more than 3,000 clients successfully in their divorce and family court matters in New York. Contact my office at 718-720-1000 for a free consultation to discuss your questions and your case.