Which Laws Apply to Divorce in the United States?

In the United States, state laws—and not federal laws—generally regulate divorces; however, some federal legislation does affect the responsibilities and rights of parties that are divorcing. For instance, all 50 states enacted child support guidelines in the 1980s. Other federal legislation which touches various aspects of divorce include ERISA provisions on the division of qualified retirement account and IRS provisions governing deductions for alimony and the maintenance of health insurance for divorced spouses under COBRA. Read more about choice of law in family law matters here.