State lawmakers approve no-fault divorce

ALBANY - (AP) - New Yorkers would be able to fileunilaterally for no-fault divorce under a measure that receivedfinal legislative approval Thursday.

Under current law, New York judges can grant divorce only ongrounds of cruelty, adultery, abandonment or getting sent to prisonfor at least three years. They also can grant a divorce one yearafter a couple file a separation agreement when both sides consent.

The new measure requires one spouse to swear under oath that therelationship has broken down irretrievably for at least six months.Property division, alimony, child custody and support would have tobe resolved first.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, whose house passed it 113-19,says he believes Gov. David Paterson will sign it.

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