Getting married? You might want to avoid Alaska.

Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Oklahoma aren’t good options either.

Not if your hope is to stay married, anyway. That’s because these states have the nation’s highest divorce rates, according to a study recently released by

Alaska ranked first, with 14 out of every 1,000 couples getting divorced each year. Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma tied for second, with 13 divorces per 1,000 couples.

The best states for married couples? New Jersey ranked last on the list, with only six divorces per 1,000 couples. Massachusetts, Wisconsin, New York and Minnesota rounded out the bottom, tying for second for the lowest divorce rate, with seven per 1,000 couples

The report, which was based on data compiled from the American Bar Association, Centers for Disease Control and 2011 Census Bureau figures, doesn’t offer an opinion on why the rates are as high (or low) as they are in each state. But based on some of the other figures the study reported – including ease of filing and minimum processing time (the shortest amount of time it takes for the divorce to be finalized) – each state’s divorce laws may play a role.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Alaska was the only state on the list that scored a perfect score of 100 for ease of filing. It also had the second shortest minimum processing time, with the possibility of a divorce being finalized in as little as 30 days.

New Jersey, on the other hand, was the polar opposite of Alaska – with a score of 23, it ranked second to last for ease of filing. And it tied for fifth in longest minimum processing time, taking a minimum of 360 days from the date of filing for the divorce to be finalized.

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