Singleton Smith Law Offices Articles New York Joins Rest Of Union In No-Fault Divorce

New York Joins Rest Of Union In No-Fault Divorce

By Singleton Smith Law Offices  Jun. 28, 2011 5:00p

Proponents Of Bill Hail New Era Of Family Law

Many members of the New York legal system have signaled support for the bill that recently passed the state legislature, allowing families to split up without proving fault.

Robert Ross, a matrimonial law judge in Nassau County, said the bill put an end to the “human cost” and “financial cost” of forcing couples to find fault for divorce.

“It’s hard to know what impact a new law will have, but we do know that a grounds trial, and the expense and delay associated with it, is not a good thing,” Ross said during the debate in the state legislature.

The bill was eventually ratified by the State Senate and House, and finally signed into law on August 15th, 2010, by Governor David Paterson. Passage of this measure made New York State the last state in the U.S. to allow no-fault divorce.

New York State Historically Conservative On Divorce

Prior to singing the law, New York required that couples seeking a divorce prove that one or more of six requirements had occurred: adultery, imprisonment, abandonment, cruelty, or living apart for more than a year in accordance with a judgment of separation or a written judgment of separation.

According to the new no-fault law, a couple may pursue a divorce if the marriage is considered irretrievably broken for at least six months; only one spouse must make this claim.

New York has traditionally been a late adopter of progressive marriage policies. From the period of time between 1787 and 1966, the only ground for divorce in the state was adultery.

Seek A Dedicated Divorce Attorney

If you desire to pursue divorce from your spouse, it is crucial that you obtain the services of an experienced Murrieta divorce attorney. As the legal team at Singleton Smith can attest, divorce is a complex process that is made much smoother with the aid of a trained professional. We seek to make the procedure as simple and stress-free as possible for all our clients.

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