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(WSJ) — Following approval from the state assembly last week, Governor David Paterson is expected to sign legislation allowing for no-fault divorce, a move that would make New York the last state in the country to remove a cumbersome requirement that forces couples to place blame on one spouse for a marriage’s end.

Under the new laws, a marriage would be allowed to legally end if one spouse says under oath that the marriage has been broken beyond repair for at least six months. In the past, couples had to perform legal maneuvers like separate for a year legally, then convert to divorce to accord with state law. Others have sought jurisdiction in other states like Connecticut.

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