After two years of consensus-building among the state Bar Association’s 72,000 members — and after lagging behind virtually all 49 other states for 35 years — New York is closer than ever to enacting no-fault divorce legislation.
Now the Bar Association is looking for a lawmaker willing to sponsor a bill that would allow such divorces, reports the Albany Times-Union.
“How many other states have this?” mused Rochester lawyer Brian J. Barney, former chairman of the Bar Association’s Family Law Section. “Every state has some version — except us.” An association spokesman cited the state’s “puritanical” view of marriage. In 1969, California became the first state to adopt no-fault divorces. No-fault divorce allows one partner to dissolve a marriage without the consent of the other. Without no-fault, a marriage contract cannot be dissolved unilaterally. Advocates say no-fault divorces save time and money and increase the possibility of a civil breakup.