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5 Reasons Couples Get Divorced in Manhattan

5 Reasons Couples Get Divorced in Manhattan


There can be many different reasons for married couples getting divorced in Manhattan, however, some reasons are more prevalent than others.


5 Reasons Couples File for Divorce in Manhattan, New York


One of the most common factors that breaks up a marriage is infidelity. Extramarital affairs are common when couples are not happy in their marriage. They are looking outside for what they are lacking in their marriage.  For others, there may not be a specific reason for cheating, and it may just be something they are compelled to do.  For many spouses, an affair is a deal breaker and causes major conflict in a marriage; that ultimately leads to divorce.

Growing Apart

Another factor that causes Manhattan couples to file for divorce is growing apart. This can happen if one spouse might be a workaholic and works a lot and is traveling all the time. This can also happen because as people grow older their interests change. When the other spouse does not show interest in what their spouse is interested in, it can cause them to grow apart. Another scenario is if one spouse has worked on improving themselves and the other spouse has stayed stagnant.

Money Problems

Financial problems can be a major cause of divorce because it causes so much strain on a marriage. Furthermore, if one partner is not pulling in their weight financially, it puts extra burden on the spouse who is bringing in the income. Another scenario is if one spouse spends money like crazy and the other one is more frugal. All these factors can lead to financial incompatibility.

Lack of Communication

When married couples are not able to communicate with each other effectively and frequently it can cause strain on a marriage. If a couple is consistently fighting but they're not able to get past their fight and apologize to each other; it leaves a lot of unresolved issues.  The lack of communication can cause resentment for both parties. If married couples cannot learn from the experience and grow together as a couple, it can cause them to drift in separate directions.

Abusive Spouse and/or Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is one of the primary reasons couples get divorced across the nation. The abuse can be mental or physical but when it continues to happen on an ongoing basis it can cause the abused spouse to leave the marriage. No one wants to live in a miserable marriage and on top of it be abused by their mate. Some people they stay in a marriage way longer than they should for the sake of the kids. But ultimately, it's essential to put your mental and physical health above all. An abusive spouse can leave an emotional toll that can take years of therapy to get over.  The sooner an abused spouse can get away from their abusive spouse, the less damage there will be in the long run.

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A New York Ruling Could Keep Wealthy Couples from Shopping for Divorce Court Judges

New York RulingA recent ruling from an appellate court may put an end to the long-standing habit of "forum shopping" in divorce matters.

It's become common practice in New York for wealthy people seeking divorce to file the paperwork in a smaller, more rural county. The purported advantage for the spouse is that their case will be heard by a more conservative judge who is more likely to take the side of the wealthier partner.

Moreover, bringing a big-money divorce case to a smaller county court can make things more complicated for the less-wealthy spouse. While the well-to-do spouse can take a private helicopter or airplane to the divorce court, their ex-partner may have to scramble for a ride-share service to make an appearance.

The ploy is meant to disorient the poorer partner, leaving them less able to protect their legal rights.


How Can You File for Divorce in Another County?

It is not uncommon for wealthy couples to own more than one home. Usually, one of these homes is considered a permanent address, like an apartment in Central Park. They also may own a vacation home in another area, with Suffolk County being a popular choice.

Knowing that a Suffolk County divorce court has fewer resources and less experience with high net-worth wealthy couples, the richer spouse hopes to overawe the court system and their soon-to-be former spouse.

Thus, they claim that their Suffolk County vacation home is actually their permanent address. This means that filing for divorce in that county would be appropriate.

Unfortunately, sometimes the wealthy spouse who files for divorce in another county is fudging their residency.


The Appellate Ruling

Attorney Peter Bronstein won a case in which a real estate developer filed for divorce in Suffolk County even though he and his wife largely lived at their Manhattan apartment rather than their vacation home in Suffolk County. Bronstein represented the wife in the divorce case, and he successfully appealed to have the divorce case brought to its rightful divorce court in Manhattan.

Bronstein says that the decision removes unfair leverage from the wealthier spouse. Many other family law attorneys in New York hailed the decision as a win for ensuring that divorce cases are heard in their proper venues.

Nevertheless, whether your case can properly be filed in a county of your choosing or not is dependent on many factors and it is important to consult with an attorney who can advise you in your specific situation.

If you are considering a divorce, contact the Sabra Law Group at (646) 472-7971 to learn about what’s your next step toward dissolving your marriage.











Did you know that Manhattan divorce rates are less than other states?


Did you know that Manhattan divorce rates are less than other states? Yes, that’s right, according to the U.S. Census Bureau government statistics. New Yorkers, it turns out, despite having stressful high-intensity jobs, tend to get divorced less. In fact, the New York divorce rate is even less than the national rate. By comparison, other big states such as Texas, are dubbed as statistically higher rates of divorce. 

Still, New Yorkers do get divorced like in other states. Two high-profile Big Apple divorces included Bethany Frankel from “Real Housewives of New York City”, and actress Mary-Kate Olsen from “Full House.”    

Some common reasons why people get divorced include: financial problems, infidelity, physical and emotional abuse, simply losing attraction over time or falling out of love, constantly arguing and disagreements, poor communication, less physical intimacy, not spending enough quality time together, not being on the same page about kids, sudden addictions, and more. 

If you do end up getting a divorce or there may be the possibility to salvage the relationship "if only" there was a way to protect yourself financially, then it is critical that you choose a great family law attorney familiar with both divorce and prenuptial agreements in your area.

Find one that has both the skills and experience (and results) to service your needs. One with direct experience in the region you’re from and that you feel comfortable with. After all, family law can be very complicated and sensitive, and can have a huge lasting impact on your financial and family structure.  

Thinking about getting a divorce in New York City, Queens, Long Island, Brooklyn, or nearby? Contact the Sabra Law Group in Manhattan at (646) 472-7971.