We hope you're not planning a divorce but if you are, you may want to give a little consideration to where you should file. There are 50 states, after all, and the laws are different in each one.
If both you and your spouse are longtime residents of the same state and likely to remain so, it's probably easiest to file in that state. But there are other considerations, including alimony.
Some states are much more likely to award stiff alimony -- or maintenance -- payments than others. The divorce information site Splitstown surveyed the laws in all 50 states and identified Colorado and Massachusetts as the states most likely to impose crushing alimony payments.
Colorado awards large maintenance payments regardless of how long a couple has been married. And Masschusetts has an alimony law that is generally regarded as antiquated and hopelessly vague, Splitstown's Jon Hood reported.
Then there's the question of residency. If, after reviewing your state's laws you decide that it will take too long or cost too much to file for divorce there, you may want to go somewhere else. But where?
There's no such thing as a quickie divorce anymore, unless you're willing to go to the Dominican Republic or Haiti, but Nevada and Idaho have the shortest residence requirement -- a mere six weeks.
The most restrictive residency requirements are in the East -- New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Maryland, Rhode Island and South Carolina. They all require that at least one spouse be a resident of the state for a full year before filing for divorce.