By: | Did You Know? , New York State Divorce

New York courts will only accept your divorce case if they have “jurisdiction” to do so. New York courts generally have jurisdiction where:

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Either you or your spouse has lived in New York continuously for at least two years at the time you start the divorce action (file the divorce summons)

Or

Either you or your spouse has lived in New York continuously for at least one year at the time you start the divorce action AND (1) the marriage took place in New York, or (2) you lived with your spouse as a married couple in New York, or (3) the grounds for divorce occurred in New York.