There are seven (7) grounds for divorce in New York State. One must be proven to dissolve a marriage.
No Fault Divorce is the most commonly used ground for divorce in New York State today. No fault divorce is when the relationship between the parties has broken down irretrievably for a period of at least six months. At least one party must state under oath that the marriage is irretrievably broken in order to prove no fault grounds.
Divorces cannot be granted by the Court using no fault grounds until all of the issues of the marriage have been resolved by an agreement that is incorporated into the judgment of divorce, or until the court makes a decision on the issues.