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Making Quick Work Of Divorce

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Many people assume that so-called "quickie" divorces are still widely available for those who wish to part ways in a fast and efficient manner. In fact, the quickie divorce of old is no longer available here in the United States. There are still some faster-than-usual ways to divorce both here in the U.S. and by hopping the border. Here is how you can quickly get out of a marriage contract.


Las Vegas, Nevada, has become somewhat infamous for those who wish to indulge in an impulsive marriage, so it's only natural that Nevada be the fastest state in the union for divorces as well. The time-line means a wait of as little as 2 weeks and involves the following 2 provisions:

  • At least one of you must "live" in Nevada for at least 6 weeks before you file for divorce. This can be accomplished by extended stay options.
  • You must both agree to the divorce agreement, in other words, it must be uncontested.

The Dominican Republic

For those willing to take on international travel, the Dominican Republic can divorce you in less than 24 hours. The big sticking point with divorces from this country, however, is that not all states recognize them as legal. A quick consultation with an attorney from your home state is advised before purchasing that plane ticket.


This island nation has the benefit of being a United States territory, so there should be no worries about the legality of the divorce there. Either you or your spouse will need to take up residence in Guam for at least 7 days prior to your filing and then a minimum wait of 30 days must occur before the final divorce decree is handed down. The divorce must be uncontested.

United States

You may be surprised to find that some relatively quick options for divorce could exist in your own home state. If you meet the requirements for most of the options above, such as an uncontested agreement, you may be able to divorce much faster than normal without having to buy a plane ticket. These fast and easy divorces are often referred to as simplified or summary divorces and most require that you

  1. Be married for a relatively short period of time (the actual time allowed varies from state to state, but it is usually around 5 years maximum).
  2. Have no children (no minor children).
  3. Own no real estate.
  4. Own little to no personal property (like vehicles, art, furniture)
  5. Do not intend to include a spousal support (alimony) provision in the agreement.

Don't miss the money-saving opportunity to divorce in your own state; contact a divorce attorney and learn more about ways to divorce more quickly.