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New York Was the Last State to Recognize No-Fault Divorces

In New York today, there are seven grounds for getting a divorce. However, it was not always this way. In fact, New York was the last state in the whole U.S. to recognize the fact that, sometimes, marriages just break down without anyone to blame. Life happens and people change, and suddenly a married couple finds that they were not meant to be. However, it took until 2010 for New York to recognize this and change their divorce laws.

No-Fault Divorces

A no-fault divorce in New York is defined as a marriage that has irretrievably broken down for more than six months. One of the important parts about a no-fault divorce is that, as the name implies, neither spouse has to show that the other one is to blame for the need to divorce. As a result, divorce proceedings are much less stressful, without the need for a heated trial, lawyers’ fees, and accusations to be levied against each other.

New York Has a History of Lagging Behind

Being the last state in the country to recognize no-fault divorces is, unfortunately, not the only time New York has lagged behind the rest of the United States when it comes to divorce law. Until 1966, the only ground for divorce in New York was adultery, which made for difficult and needlessly contested divorces for couples who wanted to split ways, but did not have the grounds to do so.

Lack of No-Fault Divorces Weighed Heavy

Until 2010, when New York finally joined the rest of the country in recognizing no-fault divorces, couples who agreed that they wanted to get a divorce but could not meet the necessary requirements were put in a difficult position. To make things work out, they were forced to come up with creative reasons to blame the other spouse for the breakdown of their marriage. This created conflict when there was none, before, and worsened the rift between the couple.

Family Law Attorneys Can Still Help in No-Fault Divorces

Thankfully, New York joined the rest of the country in recognizing no-fault divorces. As a result, countless people have benefited from the quicker and easier process. Nevertheless, having a New York family law attorney on your side during the process can make things progress smoothly, and ensure an optimal outcome for you. Contact the Syracuse-based family law attorneys at the Bombardo Law Office, P.C. online or at (315) 488-5544.

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