New York was one of the last U.S. states to adopt “no-fault” grounds for divorce. In a no-fault divorce, neither spouse is required to prove that the other committed any specific type of wrongdoing, such as adultery, cruelty, or abandonment. Instead, the spouses must establish only that there has been an “irretrievable breakdown” in the marriage.
While spouses can still seek a fault-based divorce in New York, in many situations, a no-fault divorce is a better choice for spouses and for young children. Here are a few of the benefits for taking this option:
- Spouses may divorce for the specific reasons that have caused the breakdown of their marriage, even if these do not fit the traditional “fault” model;
- Even if wrongdoing has occurred that would support a fault-based divorce, the spouses do not have to reveal it to the court, allowing them to protect their privacy and their children’s privacy;
- Many no-fault divorces can be settled out of court through mediation or other means, which can save spouses time, money, and frustration;
- A more amicable no-fault settlement helps parents continue to work together to ensure their children are happy, healthy, and have strong relationships with both parents during and after the divorce process.
The dedicated, compassionate Long Island divorce attorneys at the Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, PC strive for the best possible outcome for each of our clients and their children. If you are contemplating or facing divorce, contact us today to learn more.