In the State of New York, a divorce is granted for a reason. You cannot "just get divorced.” This is because the state believes in the institution of marriage and believes that it should not be entered into, or gotten out of, lightly. For this reason, you must plead and prove something called grounds for your divorce. New York allows divorce based on seven different grounds, all of which are listed below. All of these grounds, except the last one, require proof. This means that you cannot just say that your spouse was engaged in adultery or that they abandoned you, you need to prove it. This is also why, since the last ground was introduced in July of 2011, it has become the most popular, because it does not require any proof.

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