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Considering Divorce in New York?

Get the Facts!

If you are considering filing for divorce in New York City, it is important to understand the process and have all the facts so that you are able to make an informed decision for your family. By reading the information below, you can learn more about the qualifications needed to divorce in New York State and what options are available to you. To obtain powerful legal counsel to guide you through the process, contact an experienced New York City divorce attorney at the Law Offices of Andrew J. Spinnell, LLC!

Grounds for Divorce

Currently, the state of New York recognizes seven valid grounds for seeking divorce.

  1. The inhumane and cruel treatment of the plaintiff by the defendant. This refers to conduct that endangers the physical or mental health of the plaintiff to such a point that it is improper or unsafe for the individual to continue to cohabitate with the defendant.
  2. The defendant abandoned the plaintiff for one or more years.
  3. The defendant was confined to prison for three or more consecutive years after the marriage.
  4. The commission of an act of adultery that involved a sexual relationship.
  5. The couple lived apart for one or more years as pursuant to a decree or judgment, and the plaintiff provides satisfactory proof that he or she has followed and performed all terms and conditions of the decree or judgment.
  6. The couple has lived apart and separate for one or more years as pursuant to a written agreement of legal separation, and the plaintiff submits sufficient proof that he or she has substantially performed and followed all conditions and terms of the agreement.
  7. The couple's relationship has been irretrievably broken down for at least six months.

What are the requirements of filing in New York?

The individual filing for divorce must have appropriate grounds for seeking divorce in the state. They may only file for divorce in New York if they fall under one of the following categories:

  • The couple was married in the state and either party has been a resident of the state continuously for at least one year before filing
  • The parties have resided in the state as a married couple for at least one continuous year before filing
  • The cause for the divorce filing occurred in the state and either party has been a resident for at least one continuous year prior to the commencement of the action
  • The cause occurred in the state and both spouses are residents of the state when the action was commenced
  • Either party was a resident of the state for at least two continuous years immediately prior to the commencement of the action

Choose a Proven Divorce Attorney in New York City

At the Law Offices of Andrew J. Spinnell our team is dedicated to providing the people of NYC with caring and effective counsel in all types of divorce and family law cases. We understand that the outcome of your proceedings may have significant implications upon your life, relationships, and finances, which is why we serve every client with attentive and knowledgeable legal counsel. No matter if you are facing a contested or uncontested divorce or whether or not you and your spouse have children, you can that our firm will provide nothing less than exceptional representation and advocacy. Contact a Manhattan divorce lawyer from our team today to discuss your available options!

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