Happy Divorces in the US?

Posted by Brooke M.
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States Where Splitting Couples are Most Agreeable

It’s typically assumed that once a married couple has decided to call it quits, things have reached a low point. Bitterness, anger and sadness are common when a long-term relationship ends. Happily, however, a divorce doesn’t always have to be acrimonious – many couples manage to part ways quite amicably; just look at the recent and quick “be cool about this” split of Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, or observe how Demi Moore and Bruce Willis vacation together with their new partners. There’s even a hot new trend for former spouses to take divorce selfies after leaving the courthouse.

With the recent trend, we wanted challenge the assumption that all divorces in the US are nasty endeavors. We conducted a state by state analysis to determine which states have divorcing couples who are either more amicable, cordial, or, alas, downright disagreeable than each other.

This was calculated by comparing couples in each state who declared online that they were in agreement with each other, against those who were not. So which states have the most amicable couples when it comes to parting ways and dividing up their assets?

As illustrated in our Infographic, at the top of the list when it comes to an easy, amicable divorce is the beautiful state of Vermont. Completing divorce papers in the Green Mountain State, as well as other states from Oregon to Rhode Island can be a fairly painless process as this is where couples are more likely to have an uncontested divorce. Couples in these states might even remain friends afterwards.

Things are likely to be pleasantly cordial in states stretching across the nation from Hawaii to New York; there might be a few conversations through gritted teeth, or a little bit of sniping back and forth, but generally divorcing couples in these states can politely get through it all without too many recriminations.

However, if you live in Alabama, you’re not likely to have a quick or easy divorce; relationships which break down here can be the most disagreeable in the country when starting the divorce process. From bitter disputes over who owns what, to raging arguments over alimony, lawyers in the Yellowhammer state stand to do rather well.

Once divorce attorneys get involved, things can often get ugly; just think of films like War of the Roses, Kramer versus Kramer or The First Wives Club, with their images of warring couples screaming at each other while the predatory lawyers try to mediate their different needs. This leaves former spouses dealing with the type of divorce and effects that destroys lives and bankrupts individuals every day.

At CompleteCase.com we help couples reduce the cost and pain typically associated with divorce. We enable couples to embark on a DIY divorce online, which in many cases can remove the need for costly attorneys and unpleasant court battles.


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