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Divorce & Family Law: June 2018 Archives

When Determining Alimony, the "Length of the Marriage" May Start Before "I Do"

The United States Census Bureau shows the median age of individuals at the time of their first marriage is becoming increasingly older for both men and women.  Meanwhile, the number of unmarried individuals cohabiting with their significant others is growing. These trends may be due in some part to couples delaying the responsibilities of marriage as they focus on their careers, but here is something all couples should know: for purposes of determining the length of a marriage for an alimony award, the period of premarital cohabitation could be included regardless of whether both parties were contributing financially.

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