What are grounds for divorce?
When an individual makes the decision that they no longer want to be married, they will likely start considering divorce as an option. In order to file for divorce in the state of New York, you must fulfill the residency requirement and you will also have to include a valid reason as to why you no longer want to be married. This reason is called grounds for divorce.
The grounds for divorce can be as simple as the irretrievable breakdown of a marriage for at least 6 months, which is also referred to as a no-fault divorce. It just means the marriage isn’t working and hasn’t worked in quite some time, and both parties would be better off if they were no longer married. Though most people choose this option nowadays, here are some other reasons a person can cite for divorce:
- One spouse has abandoned the other for a period of one year or more
- One spouse must treat the other spouse cruel and inhumanely, and it is no longer safe for the two spouses to cohabitate
- One spouse has been in prison for 3 consecutive years after the marriage began
- There was a legal separation agreement that the spouses want to turn into divorce. For this reason, spouses must have lived apart for one year.
- The Supreme Court created a judgment requiring separation and that the spouses live apart for one year
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