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Grounds for Divorce

Syracuse Grounds for Divorce Lawyer

New York does not allow for "no-fault" divorces. Instead, you must meet the criteria for one of six specific grounds as laid out by New York law.

At the law firm of Elisabeth A. Barker, Attorney at Law, in Syracuse, our grounds for divorce attorney has more than 15 years of experience providing clear guidance regarding the law and pursuing divorces based on these grounds. Along with a paralegal who has nearly 20 years of experience in the field, attorney Barker is able to provide the knowledgeable and dedicated representation you need when you are seeking divorce. Contact our divorce law firm to learn more about how our experience can be of service to you.

Understanding the Six Grounds for Divorce

In New York, the six grounds for divorce are:

  • Cruel and inhuman treatment
  • Abandonment for one or more years
  • Confinement in prison for a period of three or more consecutive years
  • Adultery
  • Living separate and apart for a period of one or more years pursuant to a decree or judgment of separation or a separation agreement
  • Having a marriage that has been irretrievably broken for six months or more

The last ground — having an irretrievably broken marriage — is fairly new in New York. While a couple need not allege any other fault-based ground to seek this option, the couple must come to agreement on all issues pertaining to the divorce before a court will finalize it. Those issues can include:

Contact Our Fulton Adultery Attorney for More Information

If you know your marriage will not last, and your situation possibly fits within one of the six categories listed above, contact our New York law firm. We will learn about your situation and help you determine which ground for divorce you can file under.

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Elisabeth A. Barker, Attorney at Law

120 East Washington Street
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Syracuse, NY 13202

Telephone: 315-472-4332
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