State Divorce Laws

The following pages contain a summary of the divorce laws of all states and the District of Columbia. It has been compiled directly from the most recently available statute books and updates for each state. Every effort has been made to assure that the information contained in these pages is accurate and complete. However, divorce laws are subject to constant change. Therefore, those legal points which are particularly important in your situation should be checked directly in the appropriate divorce law book or with a lawyer to be certain that the law has not changed.

The correct terminology for each state is used in these pages. However, some states use certain language interchangeably. In those states, the most commonly-used language is stated. Although it has been simplified to some extent, you will find that the language in these pages is somewhat complicated. This is due to the fact that much of the language in the pages has been taken directly from the divorce laws and statutes of each state. We apologize for this. We feel, however, that, as a reference, the technical details of the laws should be provided.

The following pages will provide you with the state divorce laws addressing the following issues, but not limited to; Residency Requirements, Grounds for Divorce or Dissolution of Marriage, Legal Separation, Property Division, Child Custody, Child Support, Visitation, and Spousal Support or Alimony.

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Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Wash. DC
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Massachusetts
Maryland
Maine
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
N. Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

   
 

Law Tables & Links

The Law Tables Divorce and Law Research Links provide quick reference to laws and reference links used for locating case law and statutes relative to divorce issues.
   

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RESIDENCY – Normally, a person must be a resident of the state where the divorce is filed. State residency requirements range from 90 days to one year.
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