There’s a “Room for Debate” topic in the NY Times about New York State’s divorce laws.
It seems pretty strange that New York, which we normally consider to be a liberal state, has the nation’s most conservative divorce laws. Yes, New York should reform this. I doubt that it prevents marriages from breaking u;, it just increases the legal costs of divorce and makes the process a lot more time consuming.
If you are familiar with New York’s legal system, then you’d know that the archaic divorce laws are part of a pattern of New York having the nation’s most archaic legal system. Maybe someone who actually works as a lawyer in New York has some insight into why every other state’s legal system is more modern. I suspect it has something to do with New York having the largest collection of common law cases, so there’s less need to replace the old case law with modern statutes because the case law is so complete.