No-Fault Divorce Nation

Aug 8, 2012 by

New York Governor David Paterson signed a bill into law this week officially making New York the last state in the nation to allow no-fault divorce. The new law will finally allow couples to get a divorce based on irreconcilable differences alone, and reduces the length of the process from one year to six months. Paterson remarked “Finally, New York has brought its divorce laws into the 21st century,” in reference to the fact that California first adopted no-fault divorce in 1970...

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Can I divorce him for bigamy in New York?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  I just found out that my husband of 19 years has married another woman in Mexico and goes there every three months he has a second life. Can I divorce him for bigamy? (I’m in NY) State:  New York Answer:  Absolutely. There is not a state in the country that allows bigamy. Bigamy is a criminal offense and carries specific penalties. You will need to prove that the bigamy exists to the court of jurisdiction in your area and...

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The State You Live in Can Influence the State of Your Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Divorce was first legalized in the United States almost 300 years ago. Since that time, divorce laws have gone through many interesting changes, as have the divorce rates. In 2008 the divorce rate in the United States was 3.5 (per 1000 people), the lowest since 1970, when no-fault divorce first became available. Today, the divorce rate in the United States continues to go down, though these rates vary widely when broken down by state. The fact that divorce laws are created and enforced on a...

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New York Grants Financial Assistance During Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

New York State’s recent passage of the no-fault divorce law may be the main story in the headlines today, but New York also enacted two other provisions within the new law that may prove to be just as important. Both of the additional provisions indicate the state’s clear intent to level the economic playing field for both spouses in all divorces. The first provision mandates spousal maintenance payments in court-ordered amounts during a divorce action. This measure was created to...

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If there are no grounds for divorce, what would be the best thing to do in my case?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  If there are no grounds for divorce, what would be the best thing to do in my case? State:  New York Answer:  New York state does not allow no-fault divorces as you probably know. “Irreconcilable differences” is not an allowed grounds for divorce in New York and you must choose between the grounds that are available: cruel and inhuman treatment, abandonment, three years of imprisonment or adultery. If your...

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Splitting the House

Aug 8, 2012 by

Two years ago Simon and Chana Taub made news headlines when the separated couple literally “split” their New York home when they divided it with a physical wall running right through the middle of it. The wall was the result of millionaire Simon Taub’s effort to avoid having to give it to his estranged wife, Chana. Taub convinced a judge to let him split the couple’s Borough Park brownstone with a wall. The wall divides the first-floor living room from a staircase...

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No Fault Divorce – Whose Fault Is It anyway?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Divorce can be stressful for all of the parties involved, and it is not always the best way to handle marital strife. Unfortunately, circumstances may arise that forces one party to file for divorce because it may be the best decision for the whole family. Each state controls divorce laws and grounds for divorce, and while some divorce laws are similar in many states, others have completely different rules. Grounds for divorce and burden of proof vary slightly from state to state. Grounds for...

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