What to Know About Divorce in Syracuse

New York Domestic Relations Law §170.7 allows a person seeking divorce in Syracuse to file under “no-fault” grounds. This means that the marriage in question has broken down completely and there is no chance for reconciliation.


Syracuse courts allow annulments of marriage in certain circumstances. According to NYDRL Article 9, a marriage can be annulled if a prior marriage is still in effect when the next marriage takes place, one or both spouses are below the legal age of consent, or one spouse suffers from mental retardation or mental illness. In addition, any marriage entered into through fraud, duress, or force can be declared invalid in the same fashion.

Restrictions on Filing

If you choose to file a divorce proceeding on no-fault grounds in Syracuse, you must swear under oath that your marriage has been irretrievably broken for a period of six months or more.

Residency Requirements

For a Syracuse court to have jurisdiction over a divorce, there are state residency requirements that must be followed. According to NYDRL §230, if you and your spouse were married in the state of New York and either of you resided in the state for one year prior to filing for divorce, or if either of you was a resident for two years prior to filing for divorce, then you may file for your divorce in a New York state court.

Call Today to Speak with a Syracuse Matrimonial Attorney

At Tully Rinckey, our experienced Syracuse matrimonial attorneys help clients through the divorce process—we are skilled professionals who know the law, understand how the court system operates, and can advise you on your legal options and alternatives.

Whether or not you agree with your spouse, our legal team can help you. One of our knowledgeable attorneys can help negotiate the terms of your divorce and, if necessary, fight for your rights in court.

Call our Syracuse office today at (315) 492-4700 to speak with a compassionate and dedicated legal representative. Alternatively, you can email us with questions at info@tullylegal.com.

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