The New York Times reported today that New York state’s assembly today passed a bill that would allow no fault divorce in New York state for the first time in the state’s history. The bill has not yet been signed into law by governor Patterson, and theoretically, he could still veto the bill, but nobody expects him to do that. The New York Times:
The divorce bill, which was approved by the Assembly on Thursday evening, would for the first time allow a couple in New York to dissolve their marriage by mutual consent and without requiring one spouse to accuse the other of adultery, cruelty, imprisonment or abandonment.
The bill, which passed in the State Senate last month, would also allow one spouse to divorce the other unilaterally — a change that opponents, including the Roman Catholic Church, said would lead to higher divorce rates.
But advocates said it would end an epidemic of institutionalized perjury in divorce courts, with some spouses said to falsely testify to wrongdoing in order to get a divorce. The bill passed 113 to 19, a large margin for a measure that, when last introduced 20 years ago, had to be pulled off the floor for lack of support.
Wow. I still don’t know if I am in favor of this or not. I think I’m opposed, actually. But I totally get why for many, this is good news.