Grounds for Divorce: The court may grant a divorce upon a showing of any of the following grounds:
1. Cruel and inhuman treatment
2. Abandonment for a period of one or more years.
3. Imprisonment for a period of three or more consecutive years after the marriage
5. Living separate or apart for one or more years [New York Code]
Residency Requirements: A person may file for divorce in New York if:
1. The parties were married in the state and either party is a resident of the state when the action is commenced and has been a resident for a continuous period of one year immediately preceding.
2. The parties have resided in this state as husband and wife and either party is a resident of the state when the action is commenced and has been a resident for a continuous period of one year immediately preceding.
3. The cause occurred in the state and either party has been a resident of the state for a continuous period of at least one year immediately preceding the commencement of the action.
4. The cause occurred in the state and both parties are residents of the state at the time of the commencement of the action.
5. Either party has been a resident of the state for a continuous period of at least two years immediately preceding the commencement of the action. [New York Code]
New York Child Support Enforcement Service Links and Telephone Numbers
New York State Division of Child Support Enforcement
Telephone: Listed by County on website
New York Child Support Guidelines
N.Y.mDom. Rel. Law Section 240(1-b)
New York Divorce Forms Online
New York State Unified Court System Family Forms
New York Divorce Laws
New York State Consolidated Laws, Domestic Relations
New York Domestic Violence Resource Links and Telephone Numbers
New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Toll Free: 800–942–6906
Toll Free: 800–942–6908 (Spanish)
TTY: 800–780–7660 (Spanish)
New York Free or Low Cost Legal Services
Telephone: Listed by city and program on website.
Telephone: Listed by program on website.
New York Mediation Centers and Service Links and Telephone Numbers
New York State Unified Court System Alternative Dispute Resolution
Telephone: Listed by City on website
New York State and Local Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service Links
New York State and Local Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service Telephone Numbers
Statewide: 518–487–5709 or Toll Free: 800–342–3661
Elmira: 607–734–9687 or Toll Free: 800–348–0448
Glens Falls: 518–792–9239
New City: 845–634–2149
New York City: 212–626–7373
Staten Island: 718–442–4500
White Plains: 914–761–5151