Long Island, NY Divorce Attorney
Divorce, also referred to as the “dissolution of marriage”, occurs when a marriage is legally terminated. New York divorce law governs all matters concerning
spousal support, and
equitable distribution. When spouses decide to move forward with a divorce, there is often immense conflict and emotional trauma, especially when children are involved. For this reason, it is advisable that any person considering divorce speak with a skilled
Long Island divorce attorney. A family law attorney can inform the person of his/her legal options, provide guidance, and protect the person’s rights.
No-Fault Divorce in New York
On August 15, 2010 history was made when New York Governor David Paterson signed no fault divorce into law. Prior to 2010, divorcing couples were only able to file for divorce based upon six specific grounds. Four of the grounds are based upon the “fault” of one spouse. These four grounds are: abandonment for a period of one or more years, cruel and inhuman treatment, adultery, and imprisonment for three or more years. The other two grounds, which are considered “no fault”, include living separately for a period of a year under a filed separation agreement in proper form or living separately for a period of a year under a judgment of separation.
New York was the last state in the U.S. to allow for no-fault divorce, which enables a spouse to file for divorce based upon a relationship that has been irretrievably broken down for 6 months.
New York Residency Requirements
Before a person can file for divorce, he/she must meet certain New York residency requirements. Spouses may seek a divorce in New York if they meet one of the following conditions:
- Both spouses were married in New York as husband and wife, and either spouse is and has been a resident of New York for a continuous period of a year immediately preceding the divorce action.
- Both spouses have resided in New York as husband and wife, and either spouse is a resident of New York when the action commenced, and has been a resident of New York for a continuous period of a year immediately preceding the action.
- The grounds for divorce occurred in New York, and either spouse has been a resident of New York for a continuous period of one year before filing for divorce.
- The grounds for divorce occurred in New York, and both parties were residents of New York at the time of filing for divorce.
- Either spouse has been a resident of New York for a continuous period of at least two years immediately preceding filing for divorce.
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