Surprising divorce law in 21 states, starting with ALABAMA: The divorced wife may be legally prohibited from using the name of the divorced husband.
According to HG.org, if a woman requests it during divorce proceedings, she may resume the use of her maiden name. The divorced wife may also be legally prohibited from using the name of the divorced husband.
ARKANSAS: Arkansas has strict covenant marriages.
Obtaining a divorce for a non-covenant marriage is easier. You only have to a prove 60-day residence before filing for a non-covenant divorce, whereas for a covenant divorce, you must prove you live in the state permanently.
CALIFORNIA: California divorces can take months — or even years.
COLORADO: Children who are involved in a divorce here may be required to attend an educational program on divorce.
DELAWARE: Spouses are required to be separated for at least six months before divorce proceedings can begin.
HAWAII: You can get divorced in Hawaii even if you were married in a different state — or a different country.
ILLINOIS: A person can file for divorce if a spouse gives the other a sexually transmitted disease.
KENTUCKY: You have to have a divorce education certificate to file for divorce.
MINNESOTA: In Minnesota, there’s a shortcut for a fast divorce, but only if both parties are close to debt-free.
MISSISSIPPI: Impotence and “idiocy” are grounds for divorce.
MISSOURI: The state presumes a husband is the father of his wife’s children even if he’s not the biological father.
NEVADA: Couples who were “incapable of consenting” to marriage can get an easy annulment.
NEW YORK: In New York, you must give a statement of net worth to divorce.
OKLAHOMA: Parties have to wait at least six months before remarrying.
OREGON: There is only one legal ground for divorce.
RHODE ISLAND: Either spouse has to have lived in Rhode Island for at least one year to get divorced here.
SOUTH DAKOTA: Spouses can be served their divorce summons via newspaper.
TEXAS: Most courts in Texas will not finalize a divorce while a spouse is pregnant.
UTAH: Parties may be able to divorce immediately.
WISCONSIN: Once divorce is finalized, parties cannot remarry anywhere in the world for at least six months.
WYOMING: In Wyoming, one party must serve the other via the sheriff.
There are two ways one party can serve another a divorce summons in Wyoming, according to Wyoming courts. The first is through a local sheriff, who will serve the other party the summons. Conversely, the party receiving the summons can sign a form acknowledging they received the summons (and other relevant paperwork).
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