"In 1969, Gov. Ronald Reagan of California signed the nation’s first no-fault divorce law. He later called it the worst mistake of his life. But other states eventually followed California’s lead, and no-fault — under which one spouse can end a marriage, with no proof required of wrongdoing by either party — more or less became law of the land. New York State was the longtime holdout, since South Dakota passed its law in 1985.
"That may be about to change. On Tuesday evening, the State Senate approved legislation that would permit no-fault divorce after a marriage has 'irretrievably' broken down for six months or more, without the need to identify a fault, like adultery or abandonment. The package must still pass the State Assembly, which is considering two bills that would adopt some version of no-fault divorce.
"New York’s failure to permit more accessible divorce has long been denounced as archaic, but longtime opponents of 'liberalization' have included the Catholic Church and the New York chapter of the National Organization for Women."
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