The Best and Worst States for Getting Divorced

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

Photograph by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

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New York (46)

Filing fee: $335

Minimum processing time: 360 days

Divorce rate: 7

The divorce trade served as bread and butter for New York's private eyes through 2010, when the Empire State became the nation's last state to embrace no-fault divorce. Like New Jersey, New York requires a "breakdown" in marriage for six months, but no physical separation. The state has a low marriage rate and the country's second-lowest divorce rate, with a correspondingly high median age for first marriage, at 29.5.