NEW YORK, May 10 (UPI) -- A 49-year-old New York man says he is hopeful his marital dispute with his first wife will help reform the state's current divorce laws.
The New York Post said Sunday Matthew Gerber and his second wife, Mari, are hopeful Gerber's ongoing legal dispute with his first wife, Ingrid, will shed light on possible problems in New York's divorce laws.
Gerber's divorce from his first wife was overturned after Ingrid, 54, won a successful appeal of the divorce and effectively made the former couple legally married once again. The appeal also voided Gerber's second marriage.
New York is currently the only U.S. state without a so-called no-fault law, meaning an individual can only be granted a divorce if they prove their spouse either had an affair, been cruel to them or withheld sex for a year.
Retired judge Sondra Miller told the Post cases like Gerber's indicate New York needs to implement a no-fault law, which allows divorces to take place without proof of wrongdoing from either side.
"I am convinced the families of New York suffer grievous harm for the lack of a no-fault law," Miller said.