If my husband claims that because ours has been a short term marriage that he doesn’t owe me any spousal support, is this true?

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If my husband claims that because ours has been a short term marriage that he doesn’t owe me any spousal support, is this true?

My husband and I were married for 2 years. When we first got married he was going to school and unemployed while I worked full-time. Now he works full-time and I went back to school so I don’t have much of an income.

Asked on September 3, 2012 under Family Law, Wisconsin

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

The length of a marriage is one of a number of factors that are considered in determining spousal support, and generally, a shorter marriage will often result in less support, or support for fewer years--but there is no hard and fast rule saying that "short-term" marriages do not warrant support. Other factors that are considered include the current income of the spouses, their respective educations and earning potential, health, contributions to each other's economic welfare made during marriage, age, and whether there had been any pre-nuptual or other agreement in place. Rather than take his word or guess at what you could get, consult with a family or matrimonial law attorney.


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