Overview of Divorce in Wyoming

If you think you may need a divorce in Wyoming, then you should know at least a little bit about the many factors involved. Some of the more important things you need to know about include: residency requirements, grounds for divorce, and alimony. The following information is meant to provide a brief overview to get you started.

Residency requirements for the state of Wyoming

When filing for divorce in Wyoming, you must fulfill the residency requirements for the state in order to qualify. This is usually only a concern when you or a spouse has moved recently or plans to move soon. In order to meet these residency requirements, you must have resided in the state of Wyoming for the 60 days immediately preceding the date when you filed for divorce; or, if the marriage was solemnized in the state and the petitioner was a resident of that state ever since. Even if your spouse resides elsewhere, you may file in the state of Wyoming if you meet these criteria. The divorce must be filed in the district court of the county in which either party lives.

Grounds for divorce in Wyoming

It is very important that you be aware of the fact that there are two grounds for divorce in Wyoming, and that is no-fault divorce and fault based divorce. No-fault divorce means that the two of you have irreconcilable differences and that there is simply no way that you can stay married. There only needs to be one of you who think this and they must prove it in court. Secondly, there is fault based divorce. This differs between states; in the state of Wyoming this type of divorce is limited to insanity that is incurable and has been in an institution for at two years prior to the filing of the petition for divorce.

Alimony in the state of Wyoming

The subject of alimony can always make a huge impact on how a divorce is settled. A divorce in Wyoming will not always grant alimony or other means of spousal support; it is a matter that is decided on a case by case basis. Whether or not alimony is granted, and the amount that is to be paid, is a matter that the court will decide based on a group of factors. The court will decide this based on factors such as the other party's ability to pay. The payments may be made directly, or wages may be garnished to assure payment is made. Real estate income, rents, and other profits may be garnished as well.

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