No-fault divorce bill passes NY Senate
The New York State Senate passed a no-fault divorce bill Wednesday, which could enable couples to obtain divorces more easily.
The bill would eliminate the current requirement of claiming wrongdoing, such as adultery or cruelty, in order to dissolve relationships. Currently, New York is the only state that doesn't allow no-fault divorces.
Critics of the current wrongdoing-based divorce system say it forces couples to invent reasons why their marriage didn't work in order to get their divorce finalized.
However, the New York State Catholic Conference and the National Organization for Women have joined together in opposition to the no-fault divorce bill. Both organizations say the change could hurt poor women who are looking to obtain fair alimony.
The bill is currently being debated in the judiciary committee. If approved, it will come up for a full vote in a few weeks.