A New York judge has decided to withhold his ruling in a divorce case in the hope that the state Legislature will soon pass a bill adding irreconcilable differences as no-fault grounds for divorce in New York state.

Nassau County Supreme Court Justice Robert A. Ross wrote in Molinari v. Molinari, No. 201728-05, in a Monday decision, that he was making his unusual determination because passage of a no-fault divorce bill by the Legislature appears “impending.” Legislators indicated Wednesday, however, that approval of such a bill was a long shot this year and said they could not recall a judge ever withholding or staying a ruling pending passage of a measure by the Legislature.

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