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Divorce can be stressful enough without worrying about mounting legal costs.

But as Susan Steinbrecher wrote for Inc., you might be able to complete your divorce by paying less than $100. Cooperating with your spouse and choosing non-adversarial legal options, among other tactics, can potentially keep your divorce costs minimal.

Here are five ways you may be able to lower the costs of your divorce:

North Carolina has been host to colonists, pirates, rebels, and tobacco farmers, so you may guess that the state also has a rich legal history.

You may only be visiting North Carolina for some good BBQ or planning to put down roots in Raleigh-Durham, but either way, you need to know the laws of the land.

While in the Tar Heel State, be sure to know these 10 laws:

Although not the most expensive divorce of all time, the nearly $1 billion divorce settlement recently announced between oilman Harold Hamm and his ex-wife Sue Ann Hamm is set to lighten Harold's wallet a bit.

But beyond the headline-grabbing dollar amount of the Hamms' divorce settlement, the resolution offers an opportunity for married couples (as well as those who aren't yet married, but plan to be someday) to take a closer look at the laws governing the division of assets following a divorce.

What lessons can be learned from the Hamms' billion-dollar divorce? Here are three:

With Thanksgiving and other holidays on the horizon, last-minute requests to change your child custody agreement are likely to bubble to the surface.

And since the courts aren't likely to be an available or speedy venue to modify your existing custody agreement, you and your ex need a good way to accommodate Thanksgiving plans (and other holiday plans) outside of court.

Just in time for the holidays, here are a few potential ways to modify Thanksgiving and holiday custody plans without going before a judge:

You can't put a price tag on peace of mind. But for billionaire oilman Harold Hamm, settling his divorce with ex-wife Sue Ann Hamm didn't come cheap.

A court filing released Monday shows that Hamm will pay his former wife nearly $1 billion, reports Forbes. Despite the huge payout, Hamm was actually relieved at the outcome of the divorce proceedings, calling it "a fair and equitable outcome to the case" in an email to Forbes.

Why was Hamm so upbeat at being ordered to pay nearly $1 billion to his former spouse?

Michigan was the birthplace of many of America's industrial and manufacturing dreams, and it grew up with its own set of laws.

Whether you're in Detroit living out your "8 Mile" fantasy or visiting one of the Wolverine State's many dairy farms, you need to know what's permitted by state law.

So even if you're a member of the Michigan militia, pay attention to these 10 laws you should know:

For married couples who may be considering a divorce, another potential legal option is to seek an annulment. But not every couple is eligible.

Like a divorce, an annulment dissolves a marriage. However, unlike a divorce -- in which a marriage is still recognized as having been previously valid -- when a marriage is annulled it is treated as if it never happened. Annulment is sometimes sought for religious reasons, but may also be requested for entirely personal reasons too.

What legal grounds must a person show to get his or her marriage annulled? Here are five potential ways to pursue an annulment:

Georgia is home to Turner Field, Coca-Cola, and boiled peanuts. But the Empire State of the South also boasts a unique set of laws that governs everyday life in the state.

So whether you're settling down in Marietta or posting up in a penthouse suite next to your famous neighbor T.I., you need to at least get a handle on these 10 Georgia laws:

When involved in legal proceedings, it's always good to have a friend or two. But when a legal document refers a person's "next friend," it isn't talking about that person's social circle. Rather, the "next friend" is an individual appearing or appointed by a court to act on the behalf of a person lacking legal capacity, such as a child or a person who has been incapacitated due to illness or injury.

What does the "next friend" do, and when is it used?

Stay-at-home moms may need to reset their expectations about alimony after divorce; it might not be a given.

A Forbes contributor writes that many women going through divorce are quickly finding that spousal support (also known as alimony) is not provided by default. Even if it is granted, alimony may be squeezed down to a very small window of time and/or for a fraction of what a divorcee might expect. This may leave many stay-at-home moms, who may have been out of the job market for years, in the lurch.

So what should stay-at-home moms expect from alimony?