A lack of social, not just sexual, intercourse can be grounds for divorce, a New York judge has ruled. The husband in the case allegedly has refused over the last 12 years to dine with his wife, talk to her or attend family functions with her, breaking the parties' marital contract and constructively abandoning her, the judge said. If applied by other courts, attorneys say the newly recognized cause of action could move the state's matrimonial bar another step closer to no-fault divorce.
N.Y. Ruling Is Viewed as Step Toward No-Fault Divorce
New York Law Journal
March 9, 2005