Domicile

Reviewed by Komal | Updated on Aug 27, 2020

Introduction

The place where one maintains their permanent home is known as their domicile. The intent to live in that place makes it the persons domicile and them as its domiciliary. The domiciliary status of a person subjects him to specific laws of the country. Therefore, it is a legal construct to know where one will vote, can file lawsuits, pay taxes, claim certain benefits, and will be obliged to governmental authority.

What is Domicile?

When you are a minor, the house you share with your parents is the domicile of your origin. This remains your domicile until you attain majority and get a domicile of your choice. This remains your domicile until you relocate to another domicile and make that your permanent home. There is no limit to the number of houses you can own, but you will only have one domicile. It could be the house where you put up, work, or vote.

You might have heard residence and domicile being used interchangeably to refer as your home. But, one should not get confused between residence and domicile. They have two different legal meanings. A home where you think of living for a small or temporary period is your residence. However, a domicile is a place where you are planning to live in for a longer or indefinite period.

You can own any property or live there for a specified period of time; this property will be your residence. But, you can choose one place to make it your permanent address and live there for an indefinite period this will be your domicile. They are differentiated legally, primarily on the basis of the length of period you are planning to live in a specific location.

Your domicile is also your residence, but your residence may or may not be your domicile.