Saturday, August 05, 2006

Waiting to divorce

"This prompted me to look into the states that have the lowest divorce rates and the states that have the highest divorce rates; if they had waiting periods and if so how long they are. What I discovered was shocking.

"The eight states with the highest divorce rates:Nevada, Arkansas, Wyoming, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, New Mexico, and Mississippi. They have an average of 5.2 divorces per 1,000 population and an average waiting period of 40 days.

"The eight states with the lowest divorce rates:Maryland, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia, which have an average divorce rate of 2.6 divorces per 1,000 population and an average waiting period of 190.5 days. "

Read the rest of this article here.


Matt said...

I've got to say...this really doesn't mean much, in an environment of competitive federalism like we have in the US. A divorce decree granted in one state is valid in all of them, and so people who want to get divorced fast can simply file in a jurisdiction-of-convenience. And if something about your family courts makes people more likely to come in from out of state to file for divorce in your courts instead of their home states' courts, then of course your "per capita" divorce rate is going to go up.

It doesn't imply that waiting periods discourage divorce.

Kristine said...

Still, it's a start.