With No-Fault Divorces, Separation Agreements Plummet

, New York Law Journal


Just a few years ago, separation agreements preceded about 7 percent of divorces, providing a cost-effective way for unhappy couples to start dissolving their marriage and a steady source of income for matrimonial attorneys. But since New York enacted a no-fault divorce statute, that percentage has been more than halved.

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  • Steven L.

    The whole premise of using Health Dept stats is completely wrong because the Health Dept is reporting on grounds for divorce. The Health Dept form requests grounds for divorce, so with the advent of no-fault there is usually no need to wait a year with a separation agreement to get divorced. There is no place on the form to indicate that a separation agreement accompanied a no-fault, or fault divorce.

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