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Divorce is one of the most difficult situations a couple or family can
face. When your family is at a crossroads, turn to
The Meyers Law Group, P.C. our Long Island divorce lawyers can help you find effective solutions
to your custody, support, and property disputes, and provide greater clarity
to difficult decisions in your divorce. We are dedicated to helping our
clients achieve their divorce goals as fast and smoothly as possible.
We Guide Families Through All Types of Divorce & Family Law Matters,
No matter the specific factors involved in your situation, you can be confident
that our firm will provide you with the attentive counsel and aggressive
advocacy you need and deserve. We have effectively represented many complex
divorces, including high net worth divorce and cross-border custody proceedings.
What Is No-Fault Divorce?
In 2010, New York became the last U.S. state to enact legislation for divorce
on a "no-fault" basis. No-fault divorce means that a spouse
looking to end their marriage does not have to prove that the other spouse
caused the breakdown of their relationship.
Previously, filers had to prove, based on one of the first six grounds
for divorce, that their spouses were at fault in the divorce. This change
to the law enables couples to end their marriages amicably and more easily,
and helps them avoid courtroom battles.
To file for no-fault divorce, a couple must meet the following requirements:
- Under oath, one spouse must swear that the couple's relationship was
broken irretrievably for a minimum of six months before filing.
- The couple has already resolved the legal implications of their divorce,
such as property distribution, child custody and support, alimony, and
legal fees. Or, these issues must have been already ruled upon by the
court and the orders are already incorporated into the final divorce judgment.
What Are the Grounds for Divorce in New York?
New York currently recognizes
seven valid grounds for seeking divorce.
- The defendant treated the plaintiff in a cruel and inhumane manner. This
refers to conduct that endangers the plaintiff's mental or physical
health in such a way that it is unsafe or improper for the plaintiff to
continue living with the defendant.
- The plaintiff was abandoned by the defendant for at least one year.
- The defendant was imprisoned for three or more consecutive years after
the marriage began.
- The defendant committed an act of adultery that involved a sexual relationship.
- The couple lived separately for one or more years as pursuant to a court
decree or judgment, and the plaintiff can prove that he or she followed
and fulfilled all terms and conditions of the decree or judgment.
- The couple has lived separately and apart for a year or longer as pursuant
to a written agreement of legal separation, and the plaintiff can prove
that he or she followed or fulfilled all conditions and terms of the separation
- The couple's relationship has been broken irretrievably for six months
Requirements for Divorce in New York
In the state of New York, an individual who wishes to dissolve their union
must meet at least one of the grounds mentioned above and they must also
fall under one of these categories:
- The couple was married in New York and either party has continuously resided
in the state for a minimum of one year before filing.
- The couple has resided in the state while married for a minimum of one
continuous year before filing.
- The cause of the divorce occurred in New York and either spouse has been
a resident for a minimum of one continuous year before the commencement
of the action.
- Either spouse was a New York resident for a minimum of two continuous years
immediately prior to filing for divorce.
Contact a Divorce Lawyer in Long Island, NY
The Meyers Law Group, P.C. is dedicated to providing clients in Long Island with the caring and knowledgeable
legal counsel needed to effectively handle all types of divorce proceedings.
We have represented hundreds of clients in the New York divorce courts
and we can ensure your rights and best interests are protected.
Divorce will impact your day-to-day life, your family members, and your
finances, so don't face this process alone. You deserve to be represented
by an experienced attorney who is committed to obtaining the best possible
outcome for your case.