Does the Length of my Marriage Affect my Divorce?

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Sometimes, marriage is difficult, though divorce can be even more so. If you going through the divorce process, you most likely have several questions, such as who will keep the house, how you’ll support yourself financially, and more. Unfortunately, all this comes at an especially emotional time in your life, making financial and legal complications all the more stressful.

When couples get divorced and they cannot agree on its terms regarding key issues such as child custody, spousal support, child support, and more, their divorce will enter the litigation process. Unfortunately, when divorces enter litigation, both spouses’ assets may be subjected to equitable distribution. Simply put, “equitable distribution” means that the courts will divvy you and your spouse’s marital assets as they see fit. While the goal is to create a fair, balanced split, many spouses feel as though they received the “short end of the stick,” so to speak.

The courts will consider many factors when determining who gets what, including you and your spouse’s age, your financial standing, the number of children you have, and more. However, one of the most overlooked aspects of the court’s final decision is actually the duration of your marriage. Read on to learn how the length of your marriage can impact the outcome of your divorce:

Will the length of my marriage decide who can keep the house?

Generally, long-term marriages result in a greater amount of marital assets going to the dependent spouse. Long-term marriages are considered 10 or more years. Shorter marriages, on the other hand, tend to result in more of a 50/50 split, especially if both spouses were working while married.

Will the length of my marriage determine alimony payments?

Financially dependent spouses in long-term marriages will generally receive longer periods of alimony payments than spouses in short-term marriages. However, there are always exceptions, as a number of other factors come into play. Hiring an experienced attorney can maximize your chances of receiving the alimony payments and marital assets you need to uphold your overall quality of life.

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Divorce is complex. Fortunately, our firm is here to address any questions and concerns you may have regarding your rights, assets, and future. When you choose our firm to represent your best interests, we address each of your concerns and answer all of your questions to help you rest assured knowing you have a compassionate, skilled firm fighting in your corner. We leave no stone unturned. No matter your legal situation, if you need us, we are here. We pride ourselves on providing sympathetic service and aggressive representation to clients all over Suffolk County. Do not hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. for a consultation.

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What Our Clients Are Saying

I hired Susan to represent me in a divorce matter where I was fighting for custody and to limit my wife's equitable share of our assets. I won custody of our son, kept the marital residence, kept my professional practice, kept my building and paid less than half to my wife. This was after a long-term marriage. She could persuade the court that equitable is not equal and sometimes the man does deserve to win!

‐ Dave

I first must say that I had been represented by two prior attorneys both of whom had simply taken my money and left me nothing to show for it in my custody case. They kept telling me what they were doing for me but I found out they were lying. Susan on the other hand had gotten me temporary custody and support for my children and myself within two months of hiring her. I cannot say enough about her.

‐ Craig

After talking to a few other attorneys, I hired Susan to represent me in my divorce and custody dispute. I was reluctant to go with her because she was the cheapest out of all the other attorneys I met with, but I'm so glad I did. I am 100% positive no one else would have done such a great job with my case as Susan and her staff. Her work is quality, her staff is reliable and her character is honorable. There...

‐ Linda

I had a very difficult case where I had already burned through two attorneys who were unable to get me custody of my children and complete my divorce. Susan was able to rapidly work out an agreement and not let it just malinger on like my previous experiences. She was also considerate of my financial situation unlike all of the other lawyers I had spoken to. I highly recommend her if you want complete and caring service with an in-depth knowledge of...

‐ Joanne


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