Comparative rectitude is a doctrine used to determine which spouse is more at fault when both spouses are guilty of breaches.
"[T]here were numerous ‘divorce mill’ states or places such as Indiana, Utah, and the Dakotas where you could go and get a divorce. North Carolina (1942), ruled that other states had to recognize these divorces, under the "full faith and credit" clause of the U. However, studies have shown that lower-income couples are currently more likely to get a divorce than higher-income couples. The laws of the state(s) of residence at the time of divorce govern, not those of the location where the couple was married.
Many towns provided accommodation, restaurants, bars and events centered on this trade." By 1909, however, Reno, Nevada was, and was happy to be, "the divorce capital of the world." At that time, only six months in Nevada were sufficient to establish Nevada residency, and the Nevada courts, well aware of the contribution of divorce seekers to Nevada's hospitality industry, accepted the resident's uncorrobated statement that grounds for divorce, usually "extreme cruelty," existed. The divorce rate among highly educated couples is 11%, while the divorce rate for lower income couples is 17%. All states recognize divorces granted by any other state.
In states lacking such provisions, some couples sign contracts undertaking the same obligations.
A summary (or simple) divorce, available in some jurisdictions, is used when spouses meet certain eligibility requirements, or can agree on key issues beforehand.
The legal process for divorce may also involve issues of spousal support, child custody, child support, distribution of property and division of debt, though these matters are usually only ancillary or consequential to the dissolution of the marriage.