Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel Co-Sponsors Overhaul of Divorce Laws

July 1, 2010
Great Neck – Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel is pleased to announce that the Assembly passed legislation that will reform the state’s antiquated divorce laws, allowing the state to offer no-fault divorce if a relationship has broken down irretrievably for a period of six months (A.9753-A). Currently, New York is the only state that mandates a divorce be obtained by alleging fault.

“Presently, the law is written that someone must be at fault for a marriage to fail. But family relationships are complicated, and government doesn’t need to be in the middle of it,” said Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel. “Sometimes it is best for both parties to end the relationship in an amicable way. There is no benefit in keeping two people locked in a marriage when they both want to move on with their lives separately.”

As a proponent of women’s rights, Assemblywoman Schimel hopes that this legislation will help decrease the rate of domestic violence for both men and women, female suicides, and reduce the number of women murdered by their partners. The bill has been passed by both houses of the State Legislature and currently awaits the Governor’s approval.