New York used to be one of the few remaining states where spouses needed to have grounds for divorce. Whether one spouse accused the other of cruel treatment or adultery, there needed to be fault or blame as cause to dissolve a marriage. This is not the case anymore. As of October 12, 2010, couples can now petition for a no-fault divorce without asserting any of the traditional fault grounds.
If you believe that the new no-fault option is applicable to your situation, the Law Office of Patrick M. Noe, Jr. is here to help you file for divorce using this new alternative. To speak with attorney Noe in a free initial consultation, contact our Amherst or Williamsville, New York, offices by calling toll-free at 1-866-745-5168.
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The New York legislature codified this law as DRL 170-7, which states that couples who feel that there has been an irretrievable breakdown of their marriage for six months or more can now file under the new no-fault option. To bring an action for divorce, all that is required is that an affidavit stating this breakdown be filed at the time one party files for separation or divorce.
One of the benefits of the no-fault alternative is that it relieves a lot of the tension that filing for divorce with grounds used to create. People used to feel they needed to prove the fault grounds, which caused unneeded animosity and tension based on people trying to find evidence to support the grounds they were using to file. This new no-fault option now also eliminates a lot of the trials where fault grounds were proven and used as leverage for the purposes of negotiation or convincing a judge to rule in favor of one side over another.
It is important to note that using the no-fault option does not affect how the divorce is negotiated, especially the economic components such as:
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We can help you use the no-fault alternative as a way to dissolve your marriage while still maintaining a civil relationship with your spouse. It is especially helpful if you have an uncontested divorce, but it can also ease the way toward settling the economic issues and other components relevant to your divorce action such as child custody and visitation.
Part of our family law practice is keeping up to date with changes to the law as they happen. From the new no-fault option to the changes in how alimony and temporary maintenance are awarded, you can rest assured that you have knowledgeable and current counsel on your side.
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