Idaho ranks higher than all but five states when it comes to couples who have lost that loving feeling but are amicable when filing for divorce.
Divorce form preparation service CompleteCase.com says Idaho ranks sixth among states in which the highest percentage of divorcing couples don’t go to court fighting over assets, child custody and other issues. Instead, they file paperwork seeking an uncontested divorce.
Idaho and Oregon, at No. 4, are the only Western states listed in the Top 10. CompleteCase.com found that couples in those states, with Vermont, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Oregon and Kansas ahead of Idaho, were the most amicable.
In 2011, the most recent year for which statistics are available, Idaho’s divorce rate was 4.9 percent, according to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s down from 5.5 percent in 2000 and 6.5 percent in 1990. \
Oregon’s rate is 3.8 percent, while Washington’s rate is 4.1 percent. Washington was No. 34 on the CompleteCase.com list, in the cordial category.
The company mentioned how 15 years after their Idaho divorce movie stars Demi Moore and Bruce Willis are still friendly and spend holidays together with their old and new partners.
The Hollywood couple, who maintained a home in Hailey, filed for divorce in October 2000 in Blaine County Court. Judge R. Ted Israel issued the divorce decree the same day, according to state online court records.
Neighboring Nevada used to be known as the divorce capital due to short residency requirements. Now it’s one of 10 states that CompleteCase.com calls the most disagreeable when it comes to divorce. Nevada ranks 47th out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Its divorce rate is 5.6 percent.
CompleteCase.com offers divorce forms so couples who are aren’t arguing over assets or child custody issues can file their own paperwork and skip hiring an attorney.