How Does the Length of my Marriage Impact my Divorce?

How Does the Length of my Marriage Impact my Divorce?

The unfortunate reality of divorce is that although spouses would like to simply get it over with and focus on the emotional aspect of their lives, divorce can be a very involved, and sometimes complex process, requiring a great deal of physical effort to complete. When couples get divorced, they seldom agree on its terms, which forces their divorce into the litigation process.

During litigation, both spouse’s assets will be subjected to equitable distribution, which very often leaves both spouses dissatisfied with the end result. Equitable distribution is the process by which courts divvy assets in the hopes of mitigating the financial impact of the divorce on both the children and the financially dependent spouse.

New York courts ultimately make their decision on a case-by-case basis, however, there are several factors they consider in every single case. For example, courts will consider you and your spouse’s age and health, your yearly income, the number of children you have, the child custody agreement in place, and more. Additionally, though most people do not initially think it, New York courts will also take the duration of your marriage into consideration as well. To learn more about how the length of your marriage can impact various aspects of your divorce, please read on and reach out to our experienced firm. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Can the duration of my marriage cause me to lose my house?

When spouses get divorced, courts will take note of who the financially dependent spouse is. If you are the dependent spouse in a long-term marriage, you will most likely be awarded more of the marital property than your spouse, which is why very often, the financially dependent spouse will end up keeping his or her house.

Will the length of my marriage have an impact on alimony payments?

The length of your marriage may also impact the alimony payments a dependent spouse will receive. Dependent spouses who have been married for 10 or more years generally receive the longest periods of spousal support. However, if your marriage was of a shorter duration, then you will most likely receive alimony payments for a shorter period of time. If you believe you are entitled to more than your spouse is willing to give, do not hesitate to reach out to our compassionate firm. We are here to help.

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The Law Office of Peter L. Jameson, PLLC is an experienced divorce and family law firm located in New City, NY. It is essential to retain effective legal guidance during such pivotal times in life. Contact our firm today to discuss your legal matter and get the quality legal representation you deserve.