A divorce may not be granted unless the plaintiff has been a resident of the state for six months preceding commencement of the action.
If the plaintiff has not been a resident of this state for the six months preceding commencement of the action, a divorce may be granted if the plaintiff has been a resident of this state for the six months immediately preceding entry of the divorce decree.
Divorce in North Dakota may be granted for any of the following causes:
When a divorce is granted, the court shall make an equitable distribution of the property and debts of the parties. The court may redistribute property and debts in a postjudgment proceeding if a party has failed to disclose property and debts as required or the party fails to comply with the terms of a court order distributing property and debts.
Taking into consideration the circumstances of the parties, the court may require one party to pay spousal support to the other party for any period of time. The court may modify its spousal support orders.
For the purpose of parental rights and responsibilities, the best interests and welfare of the child is determined by the court's consideration and evaluation of all factors affecting the best interests and welfare of the child. These factors include all of the following when applicable:
Parents shall give their children support and education suitable to the child's circumstances. The court may compel either or both of the parents to provide for the support of their children. The age of emancipation in North Dakota is 19 or when the child graduates from high school, whichever occurs first.