Easiest and Hardest States for Divorce, According to the HuffPo

The Huffington Post has a fun chart showing the  “easiest” and “hardest” U.S. States to get a divorce.  The HuffPo’s assessment it should be noted, is based solely on the divorce filing fee of a state, and the minimum processing time for a divorce in that state.  The ease/difficulty guide does not take into account other laws regarding  custody, support, and other substantive issues, and maybe more importantly it does not factor in the typical attorney’s fees expenses for a state.  Nevertheless, it illustrates some interesting differences in different states’ approach to divorce.

Per the HuffPo chart, the “easiest” state to file divorce is Alaska, with a filing fee of $150 and a minimum processing time of only 30 days.  At the other end of the spectrum is Vermont, with a filing fee of $263 and a minimum processing time of a whopping 450 days.  Based on filing fees alone, Florida is the most expensive at $409, and Mississippi the cheapest at $52.  The longest minimum processing time for a divorce belongs to Arkansas at 540 days, and the shortest in New Hampshire, at zero days.  For those of our viewers watching at home, Hawaii charts in at $175 (sadly, the Hawaii Judiciary raised the price to $205 as of January 1, 2014, which is not reflected in this chart) for the filing fee, and a minimum processing time of 210 days.  Note that the 210 days includes the six-months minimum period of residing in the State of Hawaii for jurisdiction, which would leave only 30 days thereafter for actual minimum processing.


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The 5 Best And Worst States For Getting A Divorce
The Huffington Post measures the "easiest" and "most difficult" states in the U.S. in which to get divorced, based upon cost, length of residency, and waiting time.

About Gavin K. Doi

Gavin, a founding partner of Doi/Luke, was born and reared in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, graduating from McKinley High School, and receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver College of Law in Denver, Colorado. Previously, Gavin worked with the Child Support Enforcement Agency and the AmeriCorps Domestic Violence Clinic. An advocate of pro bono legal work, Gavin volunteers time with Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii and the Hawai’i State Bar Association. In 2013, Gavin co-authored the book Child Custody Litigation and Settlements (Aspatore Books/Thomson West), penning the section "Working with Your Client Towards a Successful Child Custody Case." Gavin is a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association and the HSBA Family Law Section, and was presented with the 2002 Justice Award by the Hawaii State Bar Association, which honors one lawyer annually for their outstanding contribution to the ideals of justice. The Hawaii Access to Justice Commission honored Gavin in 2012 for his pro bono service to the community. Gavin has extensive experience in divorce, paternity, child custody, child support, restraining orders, and other family law matters, and has a Distinguished rating with Martindale-Hubble®/Lawyers.com, and an Avvo rating of 10 out of 10. He can be e-mailed at: gkdoi@islandlawyers.com .

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