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The Best and Worst States for Getting Divorced

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

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Rhode Island (50)

Filing fee: $120

Minimum processing time: 510 days

Divorce rate: 9.5

Rhode Island has the second-longest wait to get a divorce: After filing, couples must wait five months to let things cool down. Like much of the Northeast, the state has a low marriage rate, low divorce rate, and a high median age at first marriage -- 29.3. Grounds for a fault divorce include "gross misbehavior and wickedness, in either of the parties, repugnant to and in violation of the marriage covenant."