Wednesday, June 16, 2010

It's No One's Fault

Believe it or not but New York State does not have no-fault divorce. Instead, when couples split, they must either be legally separated for a year or one party must accept blame for the marriage's failure (hence the divorce must be someone's "fault"). Most states already have no-fault but our beloved Empire State still has a rather archaic, almost Victorian view of marriage.

Fortunately this appears to be ending. The Assembly just passed a law for no-fault divorce and its prospects look in the State Senate and the Governor appears willing to sign it. There is, believe it or not, still some opposition. The Catholic Church is opposed to no-fault on moral grounds and women's rights advocates believe it gives poor women less leverage in their divorce proceedings.

But it's probably a good thing that the law's set to change. Divorce is obviously a sad, awful situation and creating circumstances where couples can more easily end their marriages and move on is for the best.

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