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Will the Length of my Marriage Affect my Divorce?

When a couple gets divorced, very often the largest concern, aside from child custody, is who will get to keep the house, and to what extent their divorce will impact their lives financially. Various factors contribute to the court’s ultimate decision regarding the terms of your divorce, however, the length of your marriage certainly matters. If you are getting divorced and would like to know more about how the courts will make their decision, please read on and speak with our experienced firm. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How will the length of my marriage affect who gets to keep the house?

The longer the length of your marriage, the greater the odds the courts will divide your property equitably–though that’s not to say “equally.” In many instances, couples who have been together for a long time, where one spouse is considered financially dependent on the other, will find that courts will give more of the marital property to the dependent spouse, and less to the independent spouse. This is because courts seek to ensure that both parties can enjoy a quality of life similar to that before the divorce took place.

If, on the other hand, you were in a short-term marriage, the court may distribute assets closer to the “50/50” mark, especially if both parties were employed throughout the duration of their marriage. If you are the financially dependent spouse and need to secure your home, please do not hesitate to reach out to our compassionate firm today.

How does the length of my marriage affect alimony?

If you and your spouse earned disproportionate incomes throughout your marriage, and you were together for a long time, there is a very good chance the courts will award the financially dependent party alimony payments for a certain period of time. Usually, the longer the marriage, the longer the duration of alimony. Consequently, the shorter the marriage, the shorter the duration of alimony. Of course, New Jersey courts make decisions on a case-by-case basis, so that’s not to say they wouldn’t award longer-term alimony for a shorter-term marriage if necessary and appropriate. Our firm is ready to fight for the alimony terms you need.

Contact our experienced New Jersey firm

Matters of divorce and family law require the attention and skill of an experienced attorney who will fight for your future. Not only is your financial well-being at stake, but in a divorce, both you and your children’s emotional well-being are at risk as well. If you need a divorce and family law attorney in Ocean County, New Jersey, please do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Sarina Gianna, LLC today to schedule a consultation.