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What state should I have to file in for a military divorce?

For most couples in Ohio, it is easy to decide where to file for divorce. They go to the local courthouse and get it handled. However, if you are a military family, it may not be that easy due to moving around a lot and not having a permanent address or even established residency, which are often required to file. 

According to, choosing what state in which to file for divorce is a serious matter due to the difference in laws between states. Luckily, you have a choice of where to file. However, there are still rules you must follow when choosing a state.

You have to have lived in the state. It cannot be just the state in which you got married or even just a state in which you own property. You must have established a residence in the state in order to file for divorce there. Do note, though, only one of you needs to have lived there. 

Generally, you will have a home in the state and conduct your financial affairs in the state. You will have a driver's license there and other legal documents tied to that state. 

Also, consider the divorce laws. If you have a couple states that you could file in, choose the one with the more favorable divorce laws. For example, some states require a period of legal separation before a divorce can be granted while others, like Ohio, do not. This information is for education and not intended to be legal advice. 

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