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The Best and Worst States for Getting Divorced

By Joel Stonington and Alex McIntyre - 2011-11-14T16:21:49Z

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North Dakota (14)

Filing fee: $80

Minimum processing time: 180 days

Divorce rate: 8.2

Among the causes for a fault divorce in North Dakota is willful desertion, a term that can be defined as "persistent refusal to have reasonable matrimonial intercourse." North Dakota has one of the lowest filing fees of any state, at $80. (Florida has the highest, at $409.). The marriage rate is 27 per 1,000 residents, compared with national leader Wyoming, at 29.7.