Grounds for Divorce in New York
In order to file for a divorce in New York State you must have a ground (a legally acceptable reason) for a State Supreme Court Judge to grant a divorce. The legally acceptable reasons, or grounds for divorce, in New York are described in Domestic Relations Law § 170. The grounds for divorce are (1) Cruel and inhuman treatment; (2) Abandonment; (3) Imprisonment; (4) Adultery; (5) Living separate and apart pursuant to a separation judgment or decree and (6) Living separate and apart pursuant to a separation agreement; (7) Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.
More Information About Grounds For New York Divorce
To obtain a divorce in New York you must have a ground for divorce. Only a New York State Supreme Court Judge can grant you a New York State divorce. When you obtain a divorce in New York State it is called a judgment of divorce.
When you are the person who starts the divorce action in Court, you are the Plaintiff and your spouse is called the Defendant.
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