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New York does not technically have "no fault" divorce. New York has "irretrievable breakdown" which is very similar to no fault but not exactly the same thing. If a proposed judgment of divorce does not account for a prenuptial agreement, the divorce can be contested. Alimony, or maintenance as it is now known, can still be sought despite the existence of a prenuptial agreement that prohibits such payments.
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Pre-nuptial agreements, (also called ante-nuptial agreements), are most often used when parties have significant assets. As a result, you'll find a great deal of litigation history and "case-law" on the subject.
Your question isn't entirely clear, but I'm guessing that the divorce is still pending, and the pre-nuptial was not mentioned in the petition? Either way, the listing of the pre-nuptial agreement really isn't the issue. The issue will be whether or not the agreement was valid and enforceable as executed. Case law in different states will discuss the timing of the request for an antenuptial agreement, the timing of the execution, the comparative sophistication levels of the parties, whether or not both parties had independent counsel, etc.
Meet with a qualified domestic attorney, and bring a copy of the agreement with you. Also, spend some time on google, looking at articles written about the enforceability of antenuptial agreements in New York.
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