In order to file for a divorce in New York State you must have a ground (a legally acceptable reason) for the granting of a divorce by the New York courts. The seven legally acceptable reasons, or grounds for divorce are:
- irretrievable breakdown in the relationship for a period at least six months (commonly known as "no-fault divorce");
- cruel and inhuman treatment;
- living separate and apart pursuant to a separation judgment or decree;
- living separate and apart pursuant to a separation agreement.