Table 1: U.S. DIVORCE RATES & LAWS


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U.S. DIVORCE RATES & LAWS



State


Divorce Rate

(per 1000)


Rank (low to high)


Waiting Period


Counseling Law (optional, never used)


District of Columbia


2.3


1


6 months


No


Massachusetts


2.4


2


0


Yes


Montana


2.6


3


180 days


Yes


North Dakota


2.7


4


0


No


Connecticut


2.9


5


0


Yes


Maryland


3.0


6


2 years; 1 w/ consent


No


New York


3.0


6


1 year


No


Illinois


3.2


8


2 years; 6 months w/ consent


No


Iowa


3.2


8


90 days


Optional


Kansas


3.2


8


0


Yes


Pennsylvania


3.2


8


2 years; 90 days w/ consent


Yes


Wisconsin


3.2


8


0


Yes


Minnesota


3.3


13


0


No


Rhode Island


3.3


13


0


No


Oklahoma


3.4


15


0


No


South Dakota


3.4


15


0


Yes


New Jersey


3.5


17


18 months; 6 w/ consent


No


South Carolina


3.5


17


1 year


Yes


Georgia


3.8


19


0


No


Hawaii


3.8


19


0


Yes


Maine


3.9


19


0


No


Michigan


3.9


19


0


No


Nebraska


3.7


19


0


Yes


Delaware


4.0


24


0


Yes


Vermont


4.0


24


6 months


Yes


Ohio


4.0


24


1 year; 0 w/ consent


No


Alaska


4.1


27


0


No


Texas


4.1


27


0


Yes


Arizona


4.2


29


0


No


Missouri


4.3


30


30


Yes


Virginia


4.3


30


1 year; 6 months w/ full agreement, no children


No


Utah


4.4


32


90 days; may be waived with consent or divorce education


Yes


North Carolina


4.5


33


1 year


Yes


Washington


4.5


33


90 days


Yes


Oregon


4.9


35


0


Yes


New Hampshire


5.0


36


0


Yes


New Mexico


5.1


37


0


No


Tennessee


5.2


38


0


Yes


West Virginia


5.2


38


1 year


No


Alabama


5.3


40


30 days


No


Florida


5.4


41


0


Yes


Mississippi


5.4


41


0


No


Kentucky


5.5


43


0


Yes


Idaho


5.6


44


0


No


Wyoming


6.1


45


0


No


Arkansas


6.6


46


18 months


No


Nevada


6.8


47


0


No


Louisiana


unknown


--


6 months


No


California


unknown


--


6 months


Yes


Colorado


unknown


--


0


Yes


Indiana


unknown


--


0


Yes


UNITED STATES


4.0


mean / median
   
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