The Best and Worst States for Getting Divorced

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

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Massachusetts (17)

Filing fee: $215

Minimum processing time: 120 days

Divorce rate: 7.4

As residents of one of the Eastern states with low rates both for divorce and marriage, people in Massachusetts wait to get married -- 29.6 years, to be exact. The state also has the third-longest waiting period after filing for divorce: four months. Residency is required, but there is no minimum time of residency if both people lived in the state while married and the cause of divorce happened in the state.