Ilya Marritz covers business for WNYC.
No-Fault Divorce Law Closer to Approval
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Getting a divorce in New York State could soon be a lot easier.
The New York State Senate voted 32-29 to pass a no-fault divorce bill that would replace the current law and simplify the divorce process. New York is the last state in the country to pass this type of legislation.
Enacting no-fault divorce would eliminate the requirement that one partner in a marriage show that adultery, neglect or cruelty was committed. Some attorneys also believe it would result in a fairer division of assets.
New York Bar Association President Stephen Younger says no-fault divorce would also save a lot of people a lot of money.
"It will save lawyers time, it will save on experts -- you won't have to go out and get experts to prove the kinds of things you had to prove, or private investigators," Younger says.
The Catholic Church and some women's groups are arguing to keep the current law, which they say is better for women and families.
The bill must still be approved by the state Assembly.