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Which State Has the Highest Divorce Rate?

If you're thinking about filing for divorce in Pasadena, you might be wondering how California's divorce rate compares to other states in the nation.

Recently, FindTheData.org did a state by state comparison of divorce rates to see which states had the highest and lowest divorce rates. Their data was provided by the American Bar Association, the Centers for Disease Control, and 2011 Census Bureau figures. The results are surprising and show how the ease of filing for divorce can often encourage unhappy couples to split.

California has an 8 per 1,000 yearly divorce rate. Minimum processing time for a divorce is 360 days. The filing fee is $395. The state received a 44/100 for its ease of filing.

Alaska earned the distinction of being the state with the highest number of divorced residents, with a 14 per 1,000 yearly divorce rate. Minimum processing time for a divorce is 30 days. The filing fee is $150. The state received a 100/100 for its ease of filing.

At the opposite end of the spectrum is New Jersey. This state earned the distinction of being the state with the lowest number of divorced residents, with a 6 per 1,000 year divorce rate. Minimum processing time for a divorce is 360 days, which is the same as California. The filing fee is $250. The state received a 23/100 for its ease of filing.

Aside from being interesting from a trivia buff's perspective, state by state differences in divorce laws can come into play if you're thinking about moving before filing for divorce. Look carefully at how the divorce laws in California compare to the divorce laws in the state you plan to move to. Differences can often be substantial, so getting this data ahead of time will make it easier to decide if it's better to file for divorce before you leave California or wait until you've established residency in another state.

How Can We Help?

If you are seeking legal representation during your divorce, please call our office at (626) 683-8113 or email us at info@PasadenaLawOffice.com. Our Pasadena divorce law firm is staffed with experienced attorneys who can make sure you get the settlement you deserve.

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