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:
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. We are experienced divorce attorneys who have helped hundreds of people throughout Western New York protect their assets and move forward with their lives. Let us put our knowledge and skill to work for you.
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. We have extensive experience handling these issues for our 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, our attorneys can help guide you through the process and resolve your issues as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Call the Law Offices of Randy S. Margulis today at 716.886.9600 or contact our firm online to schedule an initial consultation. From our offices conveniently located in Williamsville and downtown Buffalo, we represent clients living throughout the Buffalo metropolitan area and Western New York, including:
As a Buffalo divorce lawyer for 27 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.
Alexandra M. Rockwood is an Associate Attorney with the Law Offices of Randy S. Margulis & Associates and has been with the firm since early 2020. She practices primarily in the areas of matrimonial and family law. Ms. Rockwood graduated magna cum laude from SUNY Geneseo with a degree in History and minors in Political…