What benefits do you get for staying married 10+ years before getting a legal separation?

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What benefits do you get for staying married 10+ years before getting a legal separation?

If I file before 10 years of marriage but the legal separation is not official until after 10 years, does that change anything?

Asked on January 2, 2012 under Family Law, Wisconsin

Answers:

Phyllis E. Rubenstein / self-employed

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

I am not sure which benefits you mean. In addition, ten years is not a magic number.  You may be entitled to spousal support for about one-half the length of the marriage.  If there are minor children, you are entitled to child support.  You are entitled to a reasonable share of the marital property, which includes everything that either one or both of you own.


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