The Best and Worst States for Getting Divorced

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

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Washington, D.C. (31)

Filing fee: $80

Minimum processing time: 180 days

Divorce rate: 7.3

Perhaps many in the nation's capital are too career-oriented to pay close attention to marriage. Residents delay marriage longest, with their median age of first marriage coming at 30.6, and marriages tending to end far earlier, at just 12.8 years. Still, Washington has the third-lowest divorce rate. It's not particularly easy to get one: Couples must live separately during the six-month required time before filing.