Does the Length of a Marriage Affect the Divorce Settlement?

Kelly Grigg, a family lawyer at Richard Nelson LLP, outlines whether the length of a marriage will affect the divorce settlement.

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Does the length of marriage have an impact on a divorce settlement?

The longer a couple has been together, the more likely their finances have been mixed and grown over a longer period of time. The Court is likely to consider that financial decisions have been made together by parties who have been married for 15+ years, in comparison to newlyweds. The Court is likely to consider that decisions (even if made by just one party) have been accepted by the other party if they have been together for 15 years and over.

That being said, each case is determined on its own individual facts, with housing and income needs having to be considered by the Court. The needs of any children are always the Court’s first consideration.

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Get in touch with Kelly to discuss whether the length of a marriage will affect your divorce settlement:Tel: 0333 888 40404


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Kelly Grigg is a family solicitor with a wealth of experience helping a wide range of clients on family law matters.

With years of experience comes the understanding that every family is different. Kelly offers assistance and representation at court on family law matters including divorce and separation; pre- and post-nuptial agreements; children matters; unmarried couples; financial matters; and domestic abuse and protection orders.

At what is a stressful and emotional time, Kelly prides herself in avoiding legal speak. She will clearly explain your options and the processes involved, so you feel in control every step of the way.

Kelly understands that family life can be hectic at the best of times and is happy to make arrangements for out of hours appointments where needed.


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