The Best and Worst States for Getting Divorced

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

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California (47)

Filing fee: $395

Minimum processing time: 360 days

Divorce rate: 8.5

Governor Ronald Reagan signed the nation's very first no-fault divorce law on Jan. 1, 1970. California is the only state with a six-month mandatory cooling-off period after filing. Anyone filing for divorce must have resided in the state for six months. California's filing fee towers above those of most states, at $395.