As of 2010, divorcing couples in New York can now seek a no-fault divorce in addition to a fault divorce. In general terms, a fault divorce is when one party is essentially blaming the other for causing the divorce. A no-fault divorce occurs when neither party is to blame, but there has simply been an irretrievable breakdown in the marital relationship.
Whether you are going through a fault or no-fault divorce, it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side. At the Law Firm of Shaw & Associates, P.C., we have extensive experience handling divorces for clients throughout New York City. We can help you pursue the best possible outcome in your Fault/No-Fault Divorce.
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Grounds for Divorce in New York
Until 2010, the grounds for divorce in New York were as follows:
- Cruel and inhuman treatment
- Abandonment for a continuous period of one year or more
- Imprisonment for more than three years subsequent to the marriage
- Conversion of a separation judgment
- Conversion of a written and acknowledged separation agreement after living separate and apart for more than one year
In October of 2010, the following additional ground for divorce was added, effectively making no-fault divorce legal in New York:
- Irretrievable breakdown
For irretrievable breakdown ground to apply, the relationship between you and your spouse has to have broken down irretrievably for at least six months.
Remember that in order for your divorce to become final, even if it is a no-fault divorce, you must come to agreement with your divorcing spouse on property division, child custody, child support and other legal matters. Once this has been achieved, a judge can sign your final divorce decree.
Contact a Manhattan Divorce Grounds Attorney
If you need legal guidance for a divorce-related matter in New York, we are here for you. Contact us today online or by telephone at 212-792-9501 to arrange a free initial consultation with an experienced New York divorce lawyer.