Divorce by State
Divorces in the United States are governed by state laws that vary according to the particular state you live in. State courts have jurisdiction over all aspects of marriage including divorce, separation, residency, support and child custody issues. You will need at least a working knowledge of your state’s divorce laws in order to complete your divorce. You’ll also need to know what your own legal rights and responsibilities are under the laws where you live. You can learn more about the state-specific divorce laws and requirements in your own area here in our compilation of divorce resources by state.
Divorce by State Articles
The last five years have seen a decrease in the number of total Georgia divorces, but the rate has gone up statistically because the number of marriages in Georgia has decreased even more quickly.
Divorce laws in Ohio are similar to most other state’s and allow both at fault and no fault as sufficient grounds for divorce.
Virginia is an equitable property state and all assets and marital property will be divided according to what the court believes is fair to both parties when you divorce.
State and county courts govern the legal issues concerning any aspect of marriage, including divorce, adoption, separation, child support and custody.
If the other party does not respond to the petition, a Florida divorce court can dissolve the marriage without the other parties’ knowledge or consent.
If both spouses agree on the settlement of property, custody and support issues, they can get divorced without a court trial in California.
Texas is a mixed divorce law state, allowing both “fault” and “no-fault” grounds when seeking a divorce.
The adoption of no fault divorce grounds in Illinois has greatly simplified the overall divorce process by allowing irreconcilable differences as the only fault that need be cited.
Fast Facts: No Fault Divorce
All states now allow for a no fault divorce but each has its own requirements.
Fast Facts: Common Law Marriage
Only a few states recognize common law marriages.
Fast Facts: Equitable Distribution
Equitable distribution looks at all kinds of contributions to the marriage, including stay-at-home moms, spouses who supported another while in school, and those who generally cared for the home and family.
Fast Facts: Community Property
Community Property is a legal term that says that all property that is acquired during the marriage belongs equally to both parties.