After 30 years of marriage, what am I entitled to?

Asked on August 9, 2015 under Family Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

There is no simple answer. You are certainly entitled to a ahare of the marital assets or property (approximately half) and to keep certain property which is solely your own, like anything you owned pre-marriage. You may be entitled to spousal support, if your spouse was the main breadwinner, but the amount varies with the facts: do you work? How much do you earn vs. what your spouse earns; did you support your spuse during a critical phase of his or her education or career? Etc. There are also issues such as a share of any businesses or pensions to consider.

Because the answer to your question is so fact-dependent, you are advised to consult in detail with a divorce attorney.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

There is no simple answer. You are certainly entitled to a ahare of the marital assets or property (approximately half) and to keep certain property which is solely your own, like anything you owned pre-marriage. You may be entitled to spousal support, if your spouse was the main breadwinner, but the amount varies with the facts: do you work? How much do you earn vs. what your spouse earns; did you support your spuse during a critical phase of his or her education or career? Etc. There are also issues such as a share of any businesses or pensions to consider.

Because the answer to your question is so fact-dependent, you are advised to consult in detail with a divorce attorney.


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