does anyone know Divorce law in the early 1900's

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My great grandparents were divorced in 1906 in upstate New York.  He was charged with adultery and did not contest the divorce.  In the decree, which I have in my possession,  My GGrandmother is allowed to remarry as if her former husband is deceased.  On the other hand He is prohibited from remarrying until her actual death!  Was this common or is something special going on here?  He had to pay her court costs and $2.50 a week for the support of his son.  From the view of 2016 this looks really strange.
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in Genealogy Help by Nancy Young G2G3 (3.9k points)
I don't know the law of New York at the time but no fault divorce is pretty much a product of the mid to late 20th century

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My question was not about fault it is why was he forbidden to remarry until after her death?  It specifically mentions this.
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