Short term marriages
Less likely to make a disproportionate award of jointly owned property and more likely to order an equal distribution of jointly owned assets. This is particularly true in cases where both parties were employed throughout the marriage.
Medium Length Marriages
A marriage duration that falls somewhere in the middle may involve disproportionate awards of property when there is a historical income disparity between the spouses.
Long term marriages generally involve more complex property division than shorter marriages.
In long-term marriages, it is common for one spouse to have relied on the other spouse’s income and earning abilities to support a certain standard of living that would not be sustainable as a single person. The court will often award the lower-earning spouse a higher percentage of the marital property in order to place him or her in a similar financial position as the higher-earning spouse and to ensure that both spouses enjoy relatively comparable standards of living post-divorce.
Spousal maintenance in long term marriages typically depends on whether the party seeking maintenance can become self-supporting at a standard of living reasonably comparable to that enjoyed during the marriage, and the length of time necessary to achieve this goal.