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Grounds for Divorce by State

State

Fault grounds

No-fault grounds

Separation

Length of separation

         
   
Numbers indicate
footnotes  

Alabama

2 years

Alaska

 

 

Arizona

 

 

 

Arkansas

 

18 months

California

 

 

 

Colorado

 

 

 

Connecticut

1

18 months

Delaware

 

 

District of Columbia

 

 

6 months

Florida

 

 

 

Georgia

 

 

Hawaii

 

2 years

Idaho

5 years

Illinois

2

2

2 years

Indiana

 

 

 

Iowa

 

 

 

Kansas

 

 

 

Kentucky

 

 

 

Louisiana

 

180 days

Maine

 

 

Maryland

 

1 year

Massachusetts

 

 

Michigan

 

 

 

Minnesota

 

180 days

Mississippi

 

 

Missouri

 

 

 

Montana

 

 

 

Nebraska

 

 

 

Nevada

 

1 year

New Hampshire

 

 

New Jersey

 

18 months

New Mexico

 

 

New York

 

1 year

North Carolina

 

1 year

North Dakota

 

 

Ohio

3

1 year

Oklahoma

 

 

Oregon

 

 

 

Pennsylvania

2 years

Rhode Island

3 years

South Carolina

 

1 year

South Dakota

 

 

Tennessee

4

2 years

Texas

3 years

Utah

3 years

Vermont

 

6 months

Virginia

 

5

1 year

Washington

 

 

 

West Virginia

1 year

Wisconsin

 

 

 

Wyoming

 

 

 

1Separation-based divorce must also allege incompatibility.
2Must allege irretrievable breakdown and separation for no-fault; if both parties consent, two years may be reduced to six months.
3Divorce will be denied if one party contests ground of incompatibility.
4Separation-based divorce allowed only if there are no children.

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5May be reduced to six months if there are no children