Is the 10-Year-Rule Real in Divorces?

You may have heard people say that if you wait 10 years or more to divorce your spouse, you will get maximum spousal support and child support or continued court involvement in these matters. Some people also claim that marriages that last over 10 years will result in permanent alimony for the non-earning spouse. None of these claims are true. The courts may have involvement with marriages of long duration, but this does not specifically mean that the marriage has to last for 10 years. In military marriages, the 10-year time limit may apply regarding various benefits.

Yet in civilian marriages, the 10-year rule is simply a mythical invention. Regardless of how long you and your spouse have been married, the California courts will evaluate both of your earning capabilities and your current standard of living. The courts will determine which spouse is going to be caring for the children and whether or not that parent can financially sustain all parties without assistance. In most cases, the custodial parent will get child support from the non-custodial parent.

If you want to learn more about the 10-year-rule or want to clarify other misconceptions that you may have about California divorce, don't hesitate to contact an attorney at the firm today. With the right lawyer there to assist you, you can trust that you are getting current and helpful advice about how to best file for your divorce and maximize your ability to receive spousal support, alimony, and a fair property division. The successful San Fernando divorce lawyers at Cutter & Lax are more than capable of handling your case. Don't hesitate to call them today to learn more! These lawyers are always personally accessible for clients and are focused on answering all of your divorce and family law questions with accurate and helpful answers!