Grounds for Divorce in New York
Answers from a Divorce Lawyer in Westchester County
Despite a liberal heritage, New York is one of the most conservative states
when it comes to grounds for divorce. It was only in 2010 that New York
allowed couples to divorce over “irreconcilable differences,”
effectively making New York a “no-fault divorce” state. New
York is one of the few states that
still allows at-fault
and no-fault divorce.
For you, that means
you need not assign fault to file. The courts require that your marriage be irreconcilable for at least
six months before filing—however, this is still half as long as
the one-year waiting period for couples seeking divorce on grounds of
separation. The possibility of an at-fault divorce, however, means that
spouses can be unduly pressured to settle or suffer allegations of fault.
Our firm is determined to protect our clients’ interests in cases
where one of the spouses has caused harm or trouble for the other.
Currently, these are accepted grounds for divorce in New York State:
- Irreconcilable differences
- Cruel and inhuman treatment
- Abandonment for one year or more
- Imprisonment for more than three years
- A separation judgment followed by both parties for at least one year
separation agreement in effect for at least one year
Contact a Westchester County divorce lawyer today if you are considering suing your spouse for divorce or if you have
been served divorce papers. Even if you and your spouse are in agreement
about getting a divorce, you must have grounds to file. This may be established
through the execution of a separation agreement, if you and your spouse
are separated for at least one year.
Our legal team of divorce attorneys has been representing clients in divorce
actions throughout Westchester County, New York for
more than 35 years. With Andrea Friedman's assistance, you have the opportunity to resolve
sensitive issues such as:
Even in a serious contested divorce action where you and your spouse cannot
come to an agreement about any of these issues, we understand how to assert
your rights and protect your interests in these matters in order to help
you reach the best outcome possible.
Personal Attention & Legal Guidance: (914) 873-4410
By providing each and every client with the personalized attention and
service that their case needs, our divorce lawyers are able to create
legal strategies that address our clients’ particular issues and
help them reach the resolution they are hoping for. Whatever your grounds
for divorce may be, our staff wants to help.
Contact a Westchester County divorce lawyer today for legal representation from
start to finish.