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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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Louisiana (38)

Filing fee: $324.50

Minimum processing time: 180 days

Divorce rate: 10.5

In 1997, Louisiana passed a law giving those who marry the option to embrace so-called covenant marriage. The state's divorce statutes were already tough, requiring that a couple desiring no-fault divorce must live apart for six months before filing. That period stretches to two years for those who opt for covenant marriage. At the time, it was expected that many states would pass covenant laws. Although numerous states have debated doing so, only three others have authorized the practice.