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Can A Pregnant Woman Legally Get A Divorce In New York State?

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Aug 22, 2022

So, this a scary title of an article, but the bottom line is, in New York a pregnant woman can legally get divorced.  However, this article points out that in states like Arizona, Arkansas, Missouri and Texas, courts will not grant a divorce to a married couple if the wife is pregnant.  Therefore, in addition to not having control over her body with respect to abortion or health issues that may arise from that pregnancy, i.e. the pregnancy needs to be terminated for the health and life of mother, in these circumstances a woman can be held hostage in a marriage merely because she is pregnant.  

Fortunately, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul is moving to confirm women's rights in New York despite the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v Wade.  

This article also identifies the 7 legal grounds for divorce in New York.  Fortunately, New York now provides for "no fault grounds" for divorce and has moved from the archaic stance where you actually needed other grounds to get divorce.  Now most people can qualify on a non-contested no fault ground. 

Selected excerpt(s) and linked article courtesy of Yasmin Young, wblk(dot)com
Royalty-free photo courtesy of Pixabay

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