This Is the Worst State to Get Divorced in America, According to Data

From filing fees to attorney costs, getting a divorce here is harder than elsewhere.

In America, around 39 percent of marriages end in divorce—down from its heyday in the '80s, when half of couples tying the knot could expect a divorce in their future. Though it may be slightly less common now, ending a marriage is as expensive as ever, costing, on average, $15,000 per person, according to 2020 data. However it can be even more of a financial and emotional burden depending on where you live. That's why Best Life set out to determine the worst state to get divorced in America.

First, we looked at Divorce Writer's chart of the minimum amount of time it takes to finalize a divorce in every state. Then, we factored in the average filing fees in each state, as compiled by FindLaw. Next, we consulted Business Insider to determine the average divorce attorneys' fees in each state. Finally, we used World Population Review's research to determine each state's divorce rate, based on the number of women who were divorced in 2021 per 1,000. We then gave each metric a weighted value before running them through our exclusive algorithm to see how each state scored on our 100-point scale Divorce Disaster Index.

Our results showed that wealthier states, on average, seem to be worse for divorces, as filing fees and attorney's fees can both be higher. The worst state to get divorced is the worst by a wide margin, having the most expensive filing fees and attorneys' fees, as well as the longest time it takes to finalize a divorce. Read on to discover the worst state to get divorced in America. And for more on a relationship problem that may lead to a split, These Are the Least Sexually Satisfied People in America, Survey Says.

50
New Mexico

cityscape photo of buildings and trees in Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce:30 days

Filing fee: $137

Average legal fees: $6,600

Divorce rate: 13.3 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 0.00

49
North Dakota

An aerial view of downtown Fargo, North Dakota
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 30-90 days

Filing fee: $80

Average legal fees: $8,200

Divorce rate: 9.5 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 0.25

48
Montana

Montana
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 20-30 days

Filing fee: $170

Average legal fees: $6,600

Divorce rate: 12.4 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 0.27

47
Wyoming

city skyline of downtown Cheyenne, Wyoming
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 20-30 days

Filing fee: $85, though cost varies by district

Average legal fees: $9,000

Divorce rate: 12.5 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 4.42

46
Vermont

Vermont
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 30 days

Filing fee: $90

Average legal fees: $8,900

Divorce rate: 12.6 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 5.86

45
West Virginia

cityscape photo of Charleston, West Virginia
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 20-30 days

Filing fee: $134

Average legal fees: $8,200

Divorce rate: 13.3 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 7.42

44
South Dakota

downtown area of Rapid City, South Dakota in the afternoon
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 60-90 days

Filing fee: $95

Average legal fees: $8,600

Divorce rate: 10.6 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 10.45

43
North Carolina

North Carolina
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 30 days

Filing fee: $75 for absolute divorce, $150 for civil cases in district court

Average legal fees: $10,300

Divorce rate: 10.8 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 11.09

42
Hawaii

The suburban residential districts of Honolulu, Hawaii along the coastline just outside of downtown from about 1000 feet over the Pacific Ocean.
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 30 days

Filing fee: $215

Average legal fees: $9,200

Divorce rate: 9.2 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 13.06

41
Virginia

landscape photo of Buchanan, Virginia
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 15-45 days

Filing fee: $86, though cost varies by county

Average legal fees: $11,500

Divorce rate: 10.1 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 13.73

40
Idaho

cityscape photo of downtown Bosie, Idaho
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 30-60 days

Filing fee: $154

Average legal fees: $8,800

Divorce rate: 12.2 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 15.02

39
Nebraska

The skyline of downtown Omaha, Nebraska during the day
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 90 days

Filing fee: $158

Average legal fees: $8,200

Divorce rate: 10.3 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 18.07

38
Oklahoma

The skyline of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 14 days

Filing fee: $183

Average legal fees: $9,800

Divorce rate: 13.2 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 18.97

37
Kentucky

Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park in Kentucky, USA
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 60-90 days

Filing fee: $153

Average legal fees: $8,100

Divorce rate: 13.1 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 20.35

36
Missouri

The skyline of Kansas City Missouri with a deep blue sky in the background and Union Station, a fountain, and Penn Valley Park in the foreground.
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 30-45 days

Filing fee: $133.50, though cost varies by district

Average legal fees: $10,600

Divorce rate: 12.2 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 21.00

35
Maine

augusta maine state capitol buildings
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 60-90 days

Filing fee: $120

Average legal fees: $8,800

Divorce rate: 13.9 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 22.56

34
Maryland

the Baltimore skyline and Inner Harbor Promenade in Baltimore, Maryland
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 30-60 days

Filing fee: $165

Average legal fees: $11,000

Divorce rate: 10.0 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 23.07

33
Indiana

Landscape photo of Brown County State Park, Indiana
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 60-90 days

Filing fee: $157

Average legal fees: $9,000

Divorce rate: 12.4 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 24.08

32
Arkansas

little rock arkansas
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 30-60 days

Filing fee: $165

Average legal fees: $8,800

Divorce rate: 13.1 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 24.41

31
South Carolina

cityscape photo of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 30-120 days

Filing fee: $150

Average legal fees: $10,000

Divorce rate: 10.7 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 24.67

30
Michigan

cityscape photo of Kalamazoo, Michigan in the afternoon
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 60 days

Filing fee: $175

Average legal fees: $10,200

Divorce rate: 11.5 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 27.00

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29
Tennessee

The skyline of Nashville, Tennessee
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 60 days

Filing fee: $184.50

Average legal fees: $9,900

Divorce rate: 12.3 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 28.38

28
Utah

aerial view of logan utah
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 30 days

Filing fee: $325

Average legal fees: $10,400

Divorce rate: 9.0 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 31.55

27
Nevada

cityscape photo of mountains and skyline in Reno, Nevado
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 14-28 days

Filing fee: $217

Average legal fees: $10,800

Divorce rate: 13.9 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 31.75

26
Iowa

cityscape photo of buildings, a street, and statue from behind in downtown Des Moines, Iowa at dusk
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 90-120 days

Filing fee: $185

Average legal fees: $9,300

Divorce rate: 10.8 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 32.03

25
Alaska

photo taken by a drone of the downtown area of Sitka, Alaska
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 30-60 days

Filing fee: $250

Average legal fees: $10,300

Divorce rate: 11.6 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 32.63

24
Minnesota

aerial view of the town of winona minnesota
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 30-45 days

Filing fee: $365

Average legal fees: $9,000

Divorce rate: 10.2 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 32.96

23
Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 120 days

Filing fee: $184.50

Average legal fees: $8,900

Divorce rate: 10.7 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 33.05

22
Delaware

The aerial view of the beach town, fishing port and waterfront residential homes along the canal Lewes Delaware
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 30-60 days

Filing fee: $165

Average legal fees: $12,800

Divorce rate: 11.1 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 35.86

21
Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana skyline
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 20-180 days

Filing fee: $200

Average legal fees: $10,000

Divorce rate: 11.7 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 38.67

20
Illinois

cityscape photo of downtown Aurora, Illinois
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 30-60 days

Filing fee: $334

Average legal fees: $10,900

Divorce rate: 9.7 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 40.65

19
Oregon

Eugene, Oregon, USA downtown cityscape at dusk.
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 45-60 days

Filing fee: $301

Average legal fees: $10,000

Divorce rate: 12.8 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 41.41

18
Pennsylvania

Philadelphia downtown skyline with blue sky and white cloud
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 90-120 days

Filing fee: $201.75

Average legal fees: $11,300

Divorce rate: 9.7 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 42.34

17
Arizona

An aerial shot of skyscrapers that make up the skyline of Phoenix, Arizona
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 60-80 days

Filing fee: $280

Average legal fees: $10,300

Divorce rate: 12.3 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 43.65

16
New Jersey

New Jersey
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 60 days

Filing fee: $300

Average legal fees: $12,300

Divorce rate: 8.5 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 45.25

15
Kansas

cityscape photo of downtown Manhattan, Kansas
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 60-90 days

Filing fee: $400

Average legal fees: $8,600

Divorce rate: 11.2 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 46.02

14
Ohio

cityscape photo of downtown Columbus, Ohio
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 30-90 days

Filing fee: $350, though cost varies by district

Average legal fees: $9,900

Divorce rate: 12.0 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 46.12

13
Mississippi

Jackson is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Mississippi.
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 60-90 days

Filing fee: $400

Average legal fees: $8,700

Divorce rate: 11.6 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 47.57

12
Alabama

cityscape photo of a highway, homes, and buildings in Mobile, Alabama
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 30-60 days

Filing fee: $400

Average legal fees: $9,900

Divorce rate: 12.3 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 48.89

11
New Hampshire

Lake Sunapee is located within Sullivan County and Merrimack County in western New Hampshire, the United States. It is the fifth-largest lake located entirely in New Hampshire.
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 60 days

Filing fee: $400

Average legal fees: $9,700

Divorce rate: 11.9 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 50.34

10
New York

New York's Central Park
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 30-45 days

Filing fee: $335

Average legal fees: $13,500

Divorce rate: 8.8 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 51.27

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9
Colorado

skyline and mountains in Colorado Springs, Colorado at dusk
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 90-120 days

Filing fee: $230

Average legal fees: $11,400

Divorce rate: 11.9 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 51.52

8
Washington

cityscape photo of a church, buildings, and trees in Spokane, Washington
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 90 days

Filing fee: $314

Average legal fees: $10,600

Divorce rate: 11.7 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 52.38

7
Texas

cityscape photo of Laredo, Texas
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 61-90 days

Filing fee: $300

Average legal fees: $12,400

Divorce rate: 10.6 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 54.70

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6
Georgia

square and pink trees in downtown Macon, Georgia
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 30-60 days

Filing fee: $400

Average legal fees: $11,600

Divorce rate: 11.3 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 55.90

5
Florida

landscape photo of a pier in Gainesville, which is a town near Lake, City Florida
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 30-60 days

Filing fee: $409, though cost varies by county

Average legal fees: $10,700

Divorce rate: 13.0 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 56.10

4
Massachusetts

cityscape photos of buildings and shops in Quincy Market in Boston, Massachusetts at twilight
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 180 days

Filing fee: $200

Average legal fees: $12,600

Divorce rate: 10.7 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 66.71

3
Connecticut

aerial view of new haven
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 90-120 days

Filing fee: $360

Average legal fees: $12,200

Divorce rate: 10.7 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 67.53

2
Rhode Island

cityscape photo of pier and building in downtown Providence, Rhode Island
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 150 days

Filing fee: $400

Average legal fees: $10,400

Divorce rate: 11.1 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 73.62

1
California

Aerial afternoon view of the historic religious center of downtown Pomona, California, USA.
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Minimum time to finalize a divorce: 183.5 days (6 months plus 1 day)

Filing fee: $435

Average legal fees: $13,800

Divorce rate: 9.3 percent

Divorce Disaster Index Score: 100.00

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