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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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Illinois (34)

Filing fee: $337

Minimum processing time: 180 days

Divorce rate: 8

Couples in Illinois must live apart for six months before filing for divorce, except when trying to reconcile. That period of time can count toward the two years of habitual drunkenness that are needed for a fault divorce from the state. The state has the 16th-lowest marriage rate in the country, with a correspondingly high median age of 28.4 at first marriage.