All states require that he meet residency requirements before he can file for divorce in that particular state. NJ requires 18 months of separation before filing for divorce. In California there is a six month residency requirement to file. NV seems to be the shortest with a six week residency requirement but also requires a separation of at least 12 months, most states are similar.
As to the property if the house was purchased during the marriage, it can be divided according to the laws of the state where you file for divorce.
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