Tuesday, March 7, 2006

New York Matrimonial Commission Urges Legislature to Consider Adopting No-Fault Divorce

A Matrimonial Commission appointed by New York Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye, to study the legal problems of divorce in New York has issued a report with findings and recommendations for changes in New York divorce laws and practice. The changes include:

  • more emphasis on mediation
  • streamlined court procedures
  • the hiring of social workers
  • parent education
  • sensitivity training
  • and changes in terminology -- for example, “visitation” would become "parenting time."

There is one recommendation, though, that is highly controversial. The commission says it is time for the New York state legislature to enact "no fault divorce."  From The Gotham Gazzette http://www.gothamgazette.com/article/law/20060307/13/1781

To read the report, http://www.courts.state.ny.us/reports/matrimonialcommissionreport.pdf (last visited December 7, 2006 bgf)

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