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Definition of Long/short/med length marriage (8 Posts)
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02 December, 2017 05:06PM
Definition of Long/short/med length marriage
ch - 02 December, 2017 05:06PM
HI

Could anyone answer the question of what is considered a short, medium length or long marriage Please?

And what implications would the length of marriage have on sharing assets?

ALSO are pre-marital assets considered the same if accrued prior to the short/medium/long marriage?

Would the length of separation count as 'not married' before the divorce is finalised particularly if one party was not co-operating and delaying the absolute and the financial settlement?

Would a legal form, such as a TR1, signed during the marriage be admissible in the financial settlement?

Finally, how should a statement of facts document be worded: referring to parties as 'I' 'he,she' or as 'applicant/respondent'

I would be grateful for any feedback.
Re: Definition of Long/short/med length marriage
davidterry - 04 December, 2017 10:09AM
The answers to these questions can more appropriately be found in a textbook than as short answers to specific questions. The questions are so broad in nature as to make it impossible to answer without writing a textbook.
Re: Definition of Long/short/med length marriage
ch - 24 December, 2017 03:37AM
short marriage: up to 5 years

Medium: 5-10

Long: over 10
Re: Definition of Long/short/med length marriage
davidterry - 24 December, 2017 06:17PM
>>short marriage: up to 5 years

Medium: 5-10

Long: over 10<<

If you were a law student you would be lucky to get a third class degree with an answer like that. Law hardly ever boils down to that type of crude mathematics.
Re: Definition of Long/short/med length marriage
ch - 25 December, 2017 10:45AM
Thank you for your feedback although I understood these pages to be as a 'guide' to help those going through a difficult process and not a forum to 'tell someone off' who is just trying to help?

I am not a law student and it took me ages to find some guidance on what a court may consider short/long/marriage and so I thought I would share this. Of course if you are married for a short time but have children etc etc the court will look on each set of circumstances differently.

My apologies for trying to help those who may be in the same position as me with just a little information.

Furthermore, I do not understand why you had to comment 'if you were a law student' as I find this rather condescending: if I were I am sure I would not be using this forum.
Re: Definition of Long/short/med length marriage
Andyk - 25 December, 2017 11:37AM
I think the problem is that whilst a marriage of say 2 years would be considered short, that assumption goes out of the window if there is a dependent me child thrown into the mix. You then need to factor in things such as any cohabitation before marriage, is one person perhaps disabled, is one a multi millionaire who could afford to pay a significant amount of money to pay the other party off or do neither of them have a pot to piss in.

When it comes to divorce, everything is looked at in the round, not little bits in isolation.
Re: Definition of Long/short/med length marriage
davidterry - 25 December, 2017 06:46PM
>>When it comes to divorce, everything is looked at in the round, not little bits in isolation.

Exactly so. There are no 'rules' about short, medium and long marriages. Nor can they be defined by specific periods of years.

The person who posted that may have found my reply condescending but the fact of the matter is that he/she posted the information as though they were dogma. They are not and anyone would be unwise to think that.
Re: Definition of Long/short/med length marriage
ch - 27 December, 2017 08:47AM
thank you
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