I wonder if the timing of NY's new effort to move to no-fault divorce might just be slightly inspired by Mad Men? I blogged that I was surprised by the depiction of divorce law in the 1950's and 1960's on Mad Men last fall. I was told by a native New Yorker that these laws did exist back then and were still largely on the books today. Betty Draper was last seen flying to Reno to get a divorce because she could not get one in NY.
Well, times are a-changing, and I do wonder if that episode of Mad Men might just have demonstrated how retrograde NY's laws still are. Yes, there are tradeoffs in no-fault divorce, but as this op-ed shows, the freedom to leave without litigation can reduce suicide and spousal abuse. Having watched a relative spend more than a year getting divorced under no fault and paying a steep financial price despite residing in a no-fault state, I can hardly imagine what it would be like to have to prove fault. Nice to see NY finally moving into the 1960's or 1970's.