by Long Island Attorney Paul A. Lauto, Esq.
It is now almost one and one-half years since New York changed to a no fault divorce system. The latest statistics show that in that time, the divorce rate in Nassau and Suffolk Counties has increased between six and nine percent. Contrary to popular belief, this is not a product of the law making it "easier " to get a divorce.
Under the no fault system, a divorce may be obtained if a marriage has been "irretrievably" broken for six months or more. However, legal minds differ on whether or not this would still have to be proven when the divorce is being contested. This major issue, as well as other issues with the law, are still pending and demonstrate how difficult the new "easier" law can be.
In fact, the increase Long Island has experienced in the divorce rate, is typical within the first couple of years in states adopting the no fault system and is expected to be short lived. Apparently, divorce is still not easy under any system of law.
Long Island Lawyer
Paul A. Lauto, Esq.