New York Edges Toward No-Fault Divorce

A state Supreme Court justice has ruled that a husband’s continued refusal to interact socially with his wife is grounds for a divorce. Here’s the story from Newsday. Even though his title makes it sound like he sits on the state’s highest court, Justice Anthony Falanga is on the intermediate court of appeals in New York. He ordered a trial to occur in which the wife could present the facts she says support her claim.

A spouse who has “completely refused to engage in any form of social interaction with the plaintiff spouse for more than one year prior to” the start of the divorce “without cause or condonation has unquestionably failed to fulfill a basic obligation arising from the marital contract.”

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