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Grounds For Filing for Divorce in New York

A Buffalo Divorce attorney can help you understand the grounds for divorce in NY

In order to end a marriage in New York, a spouse must present a claim for divorce to the court with a reason for ending the marriage. These reasons are known as “grounds for divorce,” and prior to 2010, claimants had to prove that one of the following five grounds existed that justified ending the marriage:

  • Abandonment for more than one year
  • Adultery
  • Legally separated for more than one year
  • Cruel and inhuman treatment
  • Imprisonment for more than three consecutive years

In 2010, New York added a new ground for divorce that effectively permits no-fault divorce in the Empire State.  No-fault divorces only require a spouse to claim that his or her marriage has “broken down irretrievably for a period of least six months” in order to establish a ground for divorce.

If you are considering getting divorced, the Law Offices of Randy S. Margulis can help you determine how best to proceed.  I am an experienced divorce attorney who has helped hundreds of people throughout Western New York protect their assets and move forward with their lives. Let me put my knowledge and skill to work for you.

A trusted Buffalo no-fault divorce attorney

Before a no-fault divorce can be granted, all other divorce-related issues must be resolved. Problems often arise concerning property division, child custody and support issues, visitation and spousal support. I have extensive experience handling these issues for my clients and work tirelessly to protect their interests.

Although many couples choose to utilize the new no-fault laws, the traditional grounds for divorce listed above remain in effect and can be used to end a marriage. These fault-based grounds are often used in contested divorces where parties are battling over custody and property distribution. No matter what basis for the divorce, I can help guide you through the process and resolve your issues as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Effective representation. Proven results.

Call the Law Offices of Randy S. Margulis today at 716.886.9600 or contact our firm online to schedule an initial consultation.  From my offices conveniently located in Williamsville and downtown Buffalo, I represent clients living throughout the Buffalo metropolitan area and Western New York, including:

  • Akron
  • Amherst
  • Batavia
  • Cheektowaga
  • Clarence
  • Depew
  • Elma
  • Grand Island
  • Hamburg
  • Kenmore
  • Lancaster
  • Lewiston
  • Lockport
  • Orchard Park
  • Niagara Falls
  • Snyder
  • West Seneca
  • Tonawanda
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As a Buffalo divorce lawyer for 25 years, I have devoted myself to solving the problems that affect families throughout the Buffalo metropolitan area and Western New York. As a family law attorney, I make it my goal to create a partnership of trust with my clients. People put their trust in me to handle cases that can potentially have a long-lasting impact on not only their lives, but the lives of their family as well.

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    5.0/5.0

    Randy Margulis is knowledgable of Domestic Law, dedicated, responsive, personable, aggressive and effective. I came to him on a friend's recommendation as well as Randy's reputation, and during the initial consultation I liked his approach and track ...

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    5.0/5.0

    Found Mr. Margulis to be a very organized and professional individual to work with. He is well-respected by his peers and is spoken of highly, I believe this helped with my divorce and made things go smoothly. I would highly recommend his services ...

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    Randy is very firm and effective in court while empathetic to his clients. I am a domestic violence victim, and Randy made me feel safe and protected. My financial award was more than I envisioned it to be when I started my divorce. I can't thank ...

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    Mr Margulis was one of the nicest attorneys I have ever had the privilege to speak to. He knows what he is doing and saying. I chose him because he was reassuring, respectful and understanding. He made my divorce easy, without regret and civil.I appr...

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    Randy was referred to me. I am so glad I chose him to represent me. He was efficient and extremely knowledgeable. I would recommend him to anyone and have recommended him to a friend of a friend.

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