Thursday, May 18, 2006

Divorce New York Style

A friend of a friend of a friend of mine is getting a divorce in NY state. It turns out that this is one of the few, if not the only state in the country that does not have a no-fault divorce. To file for divorce in New York, you must claim and prove, I guess, either adultery, abandonment or cruel and abusive treatment at the hands of your spouse. If you just can't stand each other anymore and mutually want to call it quits, you're fucked.
Apparently, this is due to interference from Catholic and women's groups and the laziest, most ineffective and disgraceful legislature known to man. WTF are they doing all the way in the boondocks in Albany anyway? I bet you that if we brought their lazy asses down to NYC, they'd wake up and smell the aroma of human endeavor, which seems to be unkown to them over there.
This issue has been brought up many times but the laws haven't changed, despite the fact that studies show that no-fault divorce actually decreases female suicide rates and domestic violence. Meanwhile, snotfaced Gov. Pataki (you are so out of office soon) can't be bothered to look at the recommendations of a commission that strongly urges the State to change the laws for the benefit of all concerned: the courts, the estranged couples and their poor, innocent children. It is inconceivable that we have laws like this still in effect in this day and age (are you listening, Elliot Spitzer?)
What's my poor friend of a friend of a friend to do?

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