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The parties to a divorce action want finality themselves if they have been able to resolve their differences at the courthouse steps. In the reality of the courthouse, once parties reach an agreement as to how to settle the ancillary issues they want to end the actual legal relationship as

soon as security

possible. Unless there is a reason to wait for the divorce to be finalized (e.g., social

eligibility)

the

divorce

will

be

desired

immediately.

Accordingly,

the

court,

the

attorneys and divorce may

the parties are forced into be obtained immediately.

the charade As noted

of placing grounds on the previously, this makes a

record so that a mockery of the

concept of law and justice and is demeaning to the court, the attorneys and the parties. statute as currently enacted, requiring a waiting period of a year, is not working and is widely used. It is time that the laws of New York reflect the reality of the lives of the the state.

Thus, the not being people of

The City Bar urges that S.3890 be enacted so that New York State can join every other state in adopting true "No Fault” divorce.

May 2010

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