Thank God for no-fault divorce states. New York actually still requires a reason justifying the divorce. So much for mere "irreconcilable differences."
Apparently, "social abandonment" is not sufficient grounds for terminating the marriage. When Novel Davis filed for divorce from her husband, Shepherd, she argued that the divorce should be allowed because he abandoned her - socially. Among other things, Shepherd refused to eat meals with Novel, celebrate holidays together or attend family functions.
It's a shame, but New York law will require Novel to come up with a better reason before granting her divorce.