Though many people never think their marriage will end in divorce, sometimes the differences become too much to bear and the entire family is better off if the spouses go their separate ways. When a couple wants to begin the divorce process, the spouse that is filing will have to fulfill residency requirements and state grounds for divorce before any other parts of the process can happen. The residency requirement is simply showing the court that the couple is eligible for a divorce in New York State and determines which jurisdiction the divorce can occur in.

Grounds for divorce are the reason that the divorce is being filed. New York is a no-fault state. Therefore, they have the option not to cite fault grounds and simply state that there have been irreconcilable differences for at least 6 months before filing. However, a spouse does have the option to cite fault if they so desire. Though this may complicate the divorce before it even truly begins, individuals have the option to cite the following fault grounds:

  • Adultery
  • Abandonment
  • Cruel and inhumane treatment
  • Divorce after a legal separation agreement
  • Divorce after a judgment of separation
  • Imprisonment
  • Institutionalization

If you have questions about divorce, contact our firm today.

Our firm proudly serves clients throughout Rockland County, New York when they require compassionate and effective legal guidance. If you require experienced legal representation for any of your divorce and family law matters, contact the Law Offices of Mark S. Paige, P.C. today to schedule a consultation.