The Best and Worst States for Getting Divorced

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

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Maryland (42)

Filing fee: $135

Minimum processing time: 360 days

Divorce rate: 8.5

There is a one-year mandatory separation time before filing for a no-fault divorce in Maryland, during which time the couple must live apart. Maryland courts mandate that couples "not engage in sexual intercourse with your spouse for the entire period of the separation through the date the divorce is granted." Once the year has passed, couples face no waiting period after filing.