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The Best and Worst States for Getting Divorced

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

Photograph by Emile Wamsteker/Bloomberg

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New Jersey (43)

Filing fee: $250

Minimum processing time: 360 days

Divorce rate: 6.1

New Jersey requires a six-month minimum separation time before filing, defined as a "breakdown" in marriage. After filing, no cooling-off period is mandated. The state has the second-lowest marriage rate and the lowest divorce rate in the country. It may be because the citizens wait so long: Median age at first marriage is 29.1 years.