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The “No-Fault” Divorce Process

By The Virdone Law Firm, P.C.  Nov. 22, 2011 10:43a

Getting a divorce in the state of New York used to be a longer process for those who did not have what were considered legal grounds for ending a marriage.  Even if there was mutual consent by both spouses to obtain a divorce, state law required that proceedings could not be immediately started without determining fault.  In such a case where a couple decided to call it quits without any fault-based reason, they were required to enter into a legal separation for at least one year before official divorce proceedings could occur. 

Now, thanks to the No-Fault Divorce bill signed into law on July 1, 2010 by Governor David Paterson, a no-fault ground for marriage exists.  A couple can mutually agree to file for divorce based on no-fault without undergoing a year-long separation first.  The only requirement is that one or both spouses deem that the union has "broken down irretrievably" (akin to "irreconcilable differences") for a six-month length of time prior to filing for divorce.  The process then continues in the traditional fashion wherein child custody and support, spousal support, division of marital property, etc. are negotiated and agreed upon.  Even a no-fault divorce can be complicated and stressful without skilled legal counsel so speak with a Nassau County divorce attorney to find out more.   

Divorce Lawyer in Nassau County

A divorce attorney with the Virdone Law Firm has successfully represented clients in a variety of family law concerns in the counties of Suffolk, Queens and Nassau.  Our clients have learned firsthand how important it is to have the help of a compassionate legal professional who works hard on his or her behalf to obtain a swift resolution to their case.  We are skilled at handling all aspects of a divorce from establishing the grounds of that divorce or separation to negotiating and finalizing agreements for child custody, visitation and support as well as matters concerning separation of property and assets, spousal support and more.

Whether your case involves a more peaceful uncontested divorce or requires timely, strong defense to contest a divorce, we have the competence, drive and skill to handle a wide range of situations.  There is no need to face things on your own-schedule an initial consultation with our office today.

Contact a Nassau divorce attorney on our dedicated legal team as soon as possible to see what we may be able to do for your family law matter involving a no-fault divorce.

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