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Domicile of Particular Persons

“Domicile” is technically defined as the relation which the law creates between an individual and a particular locality or country.  It is the legal conception of home, being derived from the Latin “domus”, meaning a home or dwelling.  It is synonymous with “home”.  In a strict legal sense, the domicile of a person is the place where s/he has a true, fixed, permanent home and principal establishment, and to which, whenever s/he is absent, s/he has the intention of returning[i].

The law defines domicile specifically particular types of persons including:

  • Soldiers and other military personnel
  • Inmates; probationers
  • Exiles and fugitives
  • Government employees
  • Students
  • Teachers
  • Clergy
  • Persons engaged in itinerant occupations
  • Married persons


[i] McCreary Enters. v. Hemmans, L.L.C., 802 So. 2d 807 (La.App. 5 Cir. Nov. 14, 2001).

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