The Best and Worst States for Getting Divorced

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

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South Carolina (49)

Filing fee: $150

Minimum processing time: 450 days

Divorce rate: 8

South Carolina has a one-year minimum separation time before filing for divorce, during which time the couple must live apart. Residency is required -- from three months, if both members of the couple are residents, to an entire year, if only one resides in South Carolina. The state is tied with Vermont for third-longest total processing time.