There are a few ways to meet the residency requirement for divorce in New York State:
Residing “continuously” in the state does not mean that the party can not have left the state during the period of residency nor does it mean that the party does not have another residence elsewhere outside New York.
It is important to realize that even if one of the above residency requirements is met it may still not be possible to get the relief you are seeking in a New York Court. Meeting one of the residency requirements merely means that you can file an action for and get divorced. Usually, a party to a divorce is seeking other relief as well, including support and maintenance. To get this additional relief, such as division of marital assets, etc., it is necessary that the New York court also have personal jurisdiction over the non-resident spouse. A New York court can acquire personal jurisdiction in any one of the following ways: