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
- 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 and Associates 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.
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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.
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Call the Law Offices of Randy S. Margulis and Associates 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:
- Grand Island
- Orchard Park
- Niagara Falls
- West Seneca