A Brief Introduction to Grounds for Divorce in NY State


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Gordon Burrows began his legal career as an assistant district attorney in the Westchester County Attorney’s office. Between 1988 and 1996 he served as an attorney in various law offices, including time as head of the matrimonial department at Smith, Buss and Jacobs, LLP. For nearly 15 years, Gordon Burrows has worked as a solo practitioner of matrimonial and family law in White Plains, New York.

When it comes to the legal dissolution of a marriage, New York is a no-fault state, meaning one or both spouses can enact divorce proceedings on the grounds of irreconcilable differences. However, spouses may still claim a variety of additional grounds for divorce, from cruel and inhuman treatment to adultery.

Should one spouse abandon their partner for one or more years, or be imprisoned for three or more consecutive years following marriage, the latter party may initiate divorce proceedings. Similarly, should two spouses find themselves living apart from one another for a period of at least one year, either party may make a request for a formal legal separation. For more information regarding grounds for divorce in the state of New York, individuals should contact a reputable family law practitioner.


NYSBA Family Law Section to Hold Sessions in Matrimonial Law



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Gordon Burrows serves as the principal attorney for the Law Offices of Gordon A. Burrows, where he handles cases involving matrimonial and family law and draws on more than three decades of experience. He also holds membership with the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), which offers a variety of educational programming. Upcoming events in the Family Law section include the Critical Areas in Matrimonial Law II series.

The second event in the Critical Areas in Matrimonial Law series, the program will focus on drafting motions and will deliver a comprehensive review of the process in matrimonial practice. From venue challenges and jurisdiction to motion enforcement and policies, the program explores motion practices at every stage of a case and examines the ethical considerations in various situations. A judge will attend each session to offer the court’s perspective, and attendees will engage in sample motions to simulate real-life scenarios.

Established and novice attorneys in the area of matrimonial law may attend, and the event is worth seven mandatory continuing educational (MCLE) credits. Available MCLE credits are divided into three types: one professional practice credit, one ethical credit, and five skill credits. Both NYSBA members and nonmembers can attend, although NYSBA members will receive a discount on registration.

The NYSBA will hold multiple sessions for the Critical Areas in Matrimonial Law II in different cities in April and May. For upcoming dates and locations, visit nysba.org/CriticalAreasMatLawIICLE.