Deciding that it would be best to end a marriage is usually not a decision someone makes lightly. If you have decided that it is time to end your marriage, you probably have your own reasons for reaching that decision. However, when you file for divorce, you must select a legally valid reason, called a ground, for your action.
New York recognizes seven grounds for divorce, and you will not be granted a divorce without selecting one of them. Most of these grounds are fault-based. However, since 2010, New York has also recognized one no-fault ground.