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Wyoming Divorce Laws

Divorce, or the dissolution of marriage in legal terms, is regulated by state laws, as are marriage and other family matters. State divorce laws determine which grounds are acceptable for divorce, whether the parties are even eligible for divorce, and the steps required to finalize the divorce. Some states also have waiting periods, require at least one party to be a resident for a certain period of time, or mandate legal separation prior to divorce.

A "no-fault" divorce may be obtained in every state, which means neither party is responsible for the divorce. This is typically stated on court documents as "irreconcilable differences" or "irretrievable breakdown."

This article provides a brief overview of divorce laws in the state of Wyoming.

Wyoming Divorce Laws: At a Glance

The main provisions of Wyoming's divorce laws are explained below. See FindLaw's Divorce section to learn more, including Eligibility for Summary Divorce and Settlement Agreements and Court Approval.

Code Section

 § 20-2-101 et seq. of the Wyoming Statutes

Residency Requirements

At least one party must be a resident of Wyoming for 60 days before filing

Waiting Period

20 days after service of process

'No-Fault' Grounds for Divorce

Irretrievable breakdown

Defenses to a Divorce Filing


Other Grounds for Divorce

Incurable insanity (the insane person has been confined in a mental hospital of this state or of another state or territory for at least two years immediately preceding the commencement of the action for divorce)

Note: State laws are constantly changing and divorces can be very complicated, especially where there are large assets to be divided, and custody of children is a factor. It is in your best interest to contact a Wyoming divorce attorney as well as to conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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The divorce process can be emotionally and legally tumultuous even in the best-case scenarios. If you would like legal assistance with a divorce matter, you can contact an experienced divorce attorney in Wyoming and schedule a consultation to discuss your case.

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