Suffolk County Grounds for Divorce

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When an individual in Suffolk County or throughout the state of New York makes the decision to get divorced, they are typically aware of the complex legal and emotional turmoil that is going to ensue. However, as difficult as a divorce can be, it can often lead to a happier life in the future. One of the first steps to a divorce in New York State is to fulfill the residency requirement and then determine whether they wish to cite grounds for divorce.

New York has two categories of grounds for divorce. If an individual wishes to cite fault, they will be able to do so if they can prove one of the following has occurred in the marriage:

  • Adultery
  • Abandonment for a minimum of one year
  • Extreme cruelty
  • Imprisonment
  • Institutionalization

However, many people choose not to cite grounds for divorce because of the no-fault option. This option was adopted in October 2010, effectively allowing an individual who wishes to get divorced to cite that the marriage has been irretrievably broken for a minimum of six months prior to filing for divorce. This does not require the individual who is filing for divorce to prove fault, which can avoid other legal issues before the divorce even begins.

If you have questions about divorce, contact our firm today.

If you need strong legal representation regarding matters of divorce, family law, and estate law, contact the Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. to schedule a consultation today. Our firm is proud to serve clients throughout Long Island when they face difficult legal matters. 

Why choose our firm?

We have an excellent AVVO rating from our many happy clients

We will tirelessly pursue a favorable resolution to your case

We offer aggressive and effective representation

We treat our clients with the compassion, patience, and respect that they deserve

We have more than 20 years of dedicated legal experience

We have the legal knowledge necessary to help you obtain the outcome you desire

We tailor our practice to the representation of your divorce case

What Our Clients Are Saying

I hired Susan to represent me in a divorce matter where I was fighting for custody and to limit my wife's equitable share of our assets. I won custody of our son, kept the marital residence, kept my professional practice, kept my building and paid less than half to my wife. This was after a long-term marriage. She could persuade the court that equitable is not equal and sometimes the man does deserve to win!

‐ Dave

I first must say that I had been represented by two prior attorneys both of whom had simply taken my money and left me nothing to show for it in my custody case. They kept telling me what they were doing for me but I found out they were lying. Susan on the other hand had gotten me temporary custody and support for my children and myself within two months of hiring her. I cannot say enough about her.

‐ Craig

After talking to a few other attorneys, I hired Susan to represent me in my divorce and custody dispute. I was reluctant to go with her because she was the cheapest out of all the other attorneys I met with, but I'm so glad I did. I am 100% positive no one else would have done such a great job with my case as Susan and her staff. Her work is quality, her staff is reliable and her character is honorable. There...

‐ Linda

I had a very difficult case where I had already burned through two attorneys who were unable to get me custody of my children and complete my divorce. Susan was able to rapidly work out an agreement and not let it just malinger on like my previous experiences. She was also considerate of my financial situation unlike all of the other lawyers I had spoken to. I highly recommend her if you want complete and caring service with an in-depth knowledge of...

‐ Joanne


The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. proudly serves clients throughout Suffolk County, New York in their divorce, family law, and estate planning matters. If you require the services of an experienced Suffolk County attorney, schedule a consultation with The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. today.

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