The cheapest and costliest states to divorce

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    By Elyssa Kirkham/GOBankingRates

    The beginning of the year tends to be a popular time to file for divorce. So instead of looking for ways to save money on Valentine's Day, many married couples will likely be trying to figure out how to minimize the cost of divorce. And they should because the average cost of a divorce in the U.S. ranges from $15,000 to $20,000, largely due to divorce lawyers' fees.

    What each couple pays for a divorce, however, will also depend on where they live. Divorce laws vary from state to state, and people who live in states with lower fees and shorter divorce timelines could be paying much less than those who don't. On the other hand, a drawn-out divorce and high fees make it more likely that a couple will pay thousands to get the marriage dissolved.

    To find the states where it's easiest to keep divorce costs low, GOBankingRates surveyed the filing fees, hourly attorney fees, laws dictating residency requirements and waiting periods for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

    Click ahead for a look at some of the costliest -- and cheapest -- states to divorce.

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