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Is there a such a law in divorce proceedings that if you havent

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Is there a such a law in divorce proceedings that if you haven't had sex with your spouse in a year that is grounds for divorce for violation of contract or desertion?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  RobertJDFL replied 4 years ago.

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Not in New York, no. There are 7 grounds for divorce in New York:


1. Irretrievable Breakdown: The relationship between you and your spouse has broken down irretrievably for at least six months. If you filed before October 12, 2010, you can not use this new reason. The court cannot give you a divorce on these grounds until after property, custody, visitation, spousal support, and child support have been settled or decided.


2. Cruel and inhuman treatment: "Cruel and inhuman treatment" by your spouse. This means that your physical or mental health is in danger if you continue living together. However, if the abusive treatment happened more than 5 years ago, you cannot divorce for this reason if your spouse objects.


3. Abandonment: Your spouse "abandons" you for at least a year. This means that your spouse has left you, or kicked you out, and does not intend to return.


4. Imprisonment: If your spouse goes to jail for three or more years. However, if your spouse was released more than 5 years ago, you cannot divorce for this reason.


5. Adultery: Your spouse commits adultery. However, this is not a reason for divorce if you do any of the following: encourage your spouse to commit adultery, forgive your spouse by having sexual relations with them after you discover the adultery, or commit adultery yourself. You also cannot divorce because of adultery if it has been more than 5 years since you discovered the adultery. You cannot testify yourself to prove adultery, so you must have a witness who can testify.


6. Judgment of Separation: You and your spouse have not lived together because of a "Decree of Separation" or "Judgment of Separation", given by the Court, for at least one year. You must obey all the conditions of the decree or judgment. It is unusual to have a Judgment of Separation because it requires similar proof to that needed for a divorce. Most people skip the Judgment and go directly to divorce.


7. Separation Agreement: You and your spouse have not lived together because of a written "Agreement of Separation" for at least one year. Both you and your spouse must sign this agreement before a notary. You must obey all the conditions of the agreement.


In some states, it may be possible to annul a marriage where it has not been consumated, but I know of no state where lack of sexual relations is grounds to terminate a marriage.



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