When a marriage breaks down, it's not always true that one person is to blame. Sometimes, people grow apart over time and realize that they want different things from their lives.
Until 2010, New York law only recognized fault-based divorce grounds. This meant that one spouse needed to cite grounds such as adultery, cruel treatment or abandonment to file for divorce. However, in 2010, New York added no-fault divorces, making it possible to cite a separation of one year as grounds for divorce.