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A divorce is the legal dissolution of a valid marriage. A divorce gives each spouse the legal right to marry someone else. Additionally, a woman who took her husband’s last name will be able to resume her maiden name. A divorce also involves a distribution of the couple’s assets and debts, as well as a determination of issues pertaining to the care and custody of and visitation with minor, unemancipated children of the marriage, child support and spousal support. If domestic violence is a problem in the marriage, you may seek an order of protection.
Once you have decided to seek a divorce, or have been served with a divorce complaint by your spouse, it is very important that you seek the counsel of an experienced matrimonial attorney. If you are the defendant or potential defendant in a pending or
New York has added a divorce based on irretrievable breakdown of the marriage:
No Fault Divorce
There are four clear, legally recognized “fault” grounds for divorce in New York. These are:
Cruel and inhuman treatment
In addition to these four grounds, there are two others, generally referred to as “conversion” grounds:
Conversion of a separation agreement
Conversion of a separation judgment
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