Can You Still Get A Quickie Divorce?

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Can You Still Get A Quickie Divorce?

29 December 2015
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The traditional "quickie" divorce of the past is, for the most part, no longer available. In the past, the "go-to" solution for a quick dissolution was Mexico or Haiti, but neither of these countries offer the quick divorce solution they once did. Mexico has tightened up the residency requirements and Haiti is considered too dangerous for travel by many, including the State Department. If you and your spouse have decided to call it quits, you can still get a relatively quick divorce using one of the below options, however.


It's only fitting that a state known for accommodating impulsive marriage vows also offers the quickest divorce process in the continental United States. You and your spouse can legally part ways in as little as a week, with two major caveats:

1. Either you or your spouse must "live" in Nevada for at least six weeks. Fortunately, Nevada's tourism industry has responded to this residency rule and accommodations are offered in the form of dude ranches and other economical short term housing options.

2. Your divorce must be uncontested.

Dominican Republic

For those willing to travel outside out of the U.S., the Dominican Republic offers to divorce you in as little as 24 hours. Unfortunately, some U.S. states do not recognize divorces from the Dominican. Before you make your travel reservations, check with a divorce attorney in your home state.


Since Guam is actually a United States territory, you can be assured that any divorces granted there will be recognized here. You can expect a divorce to take about 30 days, depending on the court backlog. One of you will need to stay in Guam for 7 days before filing, however, and the divorce must be uncontested.

Available Options in the United States

If you don't care for travel to exotic locales for your divorce, you may be able to get a relatively speedy divorce here in the U.S. A summary or simplified divorce, which is often quicker and less expensive than a traditional divorce, is available in most states if you meet the following requirements.

  • You must have been married less than a certain number of years (usually 5, but varies by state).

  • There are no minor children involved.

  • There must be no real estate ownership.

  • No spousal support (alimony)

  • Very little personal property (varies by state)

If you are in the market for a fast dissolution of marriage, contact a divorce attorney or visit websites like and be fully informed about your options, whether you use a simplified solution right here at home, or travel to a foreign country.