No-Fault Divorces

Grounds for Divorce in New York City

Until recently, our state was the only one in the country which did not offer the option of a no-fault divorce. Now that it is possible, you and your spouse can more easily begin the divorce process, but you may still face considerable challenges in resolving the issues involved in ending a same-sex marriage. Before initiating your divorce, contact Our firm to ensure that your rights are fully protected. We have over 40 years of combined experience and are led by an attorney who has earned the Super Lawyer rating, which is based on an extensive peer review process. Our firm provides bold legal representation on groundbreaking LGBT issues and same-sex family law, and we are ready to begin work on a strategy for you today.

Before our state made the option of no-fault divorce available under law, it was necessary to file for a legal separation and live apart for at least a year. The only alternative was to accuse the other party of being at fault for the failure of the marriage, under grounds such as:

  • Cruel and inhuman conduct
  • Adultery
  • Abandonment for a period of one year

The new law makes it possible to file for divorce on the grounds that the marriage has been irretrievably broken for 6 months or more.

Ending Your Marriage through No-Fault Divorce

The availability of no-fault divorce makes it simpler to initiate the process, but it does not mean that ending your marriage will be easy. The judge will not finalize your divorce until you have come to agreements with your spouse on matters such as child custody, child support and the division of property. If you cannot resolve these issues out of court, the judge will make rulings on each point for you, so it is advisable to retain a dynamic New York City divorce lawyer who will look out for your best interests and fight for a favorable outcome. We will strive to achieve an out of court settlement, but we prepare every case for trial, as this is sometimes necessary to get the best results. Our goal is to help you find a way through this difficult experience with a minimum of delay and expense.

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