A number of states have implemented waiting periods before a divorce can become final. The purpose of the waiting period is to allow the couple more time to reflect and perhaps seek reconciliation. The extra time also gives the couple more time to consider and evaluate the impact that the divorce would have on any minor children in the family.
Other states have already implemented extended waiting periods for divorces. Maryland requires a two year waiting period for any contested divorce and one year waiting period for a uncontested divorce. Virginia requires one year waiting period if there are minor children and six months with no children. Washington D.C. requires a one year waiting period for contested divorces and six month waiting period for uncontested.
Florida currently does not have a required waiting period prior to a divorce being granted.
Summary of Divorce Waiting Period Legislation:
State-by-State comparison of Waiting Period and Divorce Rates:
Waiting Periods in the United States and Europe: