What effect does the length of the marriage have on property division? Although the “length of the marriage” is frequently cited as a reason to grant a disproportionate division of the marital estate, the real reasons are more economic or financial in nature.
Differences in earning capacity become more significant as the ages of the parties advance. For example, it is less likely that a 50 year old housewife can find gainful employment than her 50 year old corporate executive husband can do so. Likewise, the physically impaired spouse may incur significant ongoing expenses for treatment that the physically fit spouse does not have in his/her budget.
Generally speaking, realistic predictions of what the future holds for a person after the break up are more important factors than the length of the marriage.
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What the Statistics Tell Us
The statistics about marriages & divorce ending tell us a lot about social realities in U.S. society. Despite reports about skyrocketing rates and weakened family institutions caused by social change, couples who marry stay married for about the same amount of time as they have in the past. The real changes have come from people deciding to get married later in life or not at all. A large part of this shift can be attributed to the liberation of women in the work place.
More women now have a chance to make an independent living than they did in the past, reducing their independence on a working male for survival. Changes can also be attributed to growing acceptance of alternative lifestyles. Both men and women were expected to get married at relatively young ages in the past. Single people, including single mothers and fathers, are now more accepted than they ever were.