In a development likely to reduce the number of matrimonial disputes going through acrimonious litigation in New York, Governor David Patterson finally signed into law yesterday an amendment to New York’s domestic relations law adding “irreconcilable differences” as a valid ground for divorce. New York was the only state remaining in the country to require proof of fault before a court would grant a divorce. This led to parties inventing false justifications for divorce, and lengthy court battles over the parties’ conduct during the marriage. This revision should also boost the practice of collaborative law, as parties no longer need to “take grounds,” or admit to conduct such as cruelty or abandonment as part of the process of dividing assets. Welcome to the 21st century, New York!
Last 5 posts by Jill Gross
- Updates on current and former FINRA Dispute Resolution executives - December 15th, 2014
- Symposium at Cardozo Asking (and perhaps Answering) "Is Mediation a Sleeping Beauty? - October 15th, 2014
- PIABA Releases Study Criticizing Lack of Diversity of FINRA Arbitrator Pool - October 7th, 2014
- Linda Fienberg To Retire from FINRA Dispute Resolution - October 7th, 2014
- Second Circuit Holds Forum Selection Clause Trumps FINRA Arbitration Requirement - August 21st, 2014