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Can No-Fault Divorce Actually Help Marriages?

On August 15, 2010 Governor Patterson signed the no-fault divorce bill making New York the 50th and final state to adopt no-fault divorce. What that means is that on October 15, 2010 a spouse who wants to be divorced will no longer be required to make allegations and prove marital fault by the other spouse.

For divorce actions commenced on or after that date, a person will only be required to swear that the relationship between them and their partner has broken down irretrievably for a period of at least six months. The divorce will only be granted once all the economic issues are resolved and there has been “equitable distribution.”

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Can No-Fault Divorce Actually Help Marriages?

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  1. Great article. How does this affect the children? Will they now say “it’s not my fault I failed the test,” or other responsibilities they may have.
    Perhaps many couples have chosen not to get married to begin with because they were afraid of all the negativity and no “way out”, if things went badly. The statistics in the next 20 years will be interesting.

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