The State Assembly had passed the bill more than a month ago, and Governor David Paterson took his time signing it.
According to the New York Law Journal, the new law will take effect in October.
Apparently, a divorce in New York was even more torturous than in the other 49 states because couples had a choice between 1) filing for an uncontested divorce, which took a year; or 2) having to prove that one spouse was at fault (e.g., adultery, cruelty, abandonment, or imprisonment).
Reportedly, Catholic leaders are not happy. It's not their business anyway: they aren't married and, therefore, will not be subject to divorce laws.
Said leaders might benefit from refraining from intruding into people's personal lives and instead tending to their own housekeeping issues (e.g., the sex scandals -- which, according to CNN, have gone global).
Coming from a Catholic family, I mean no disrespect to people of that faith generally.