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Why marriage length can matter for high-asset property division

On Behalf of | Jan 6, 2024 | Divorce

Marriages can take unexpected turns. In the end, some couples decide to part ways.

In the realm of high-asset divorces in Connecticut, the duration of the marriage can play an important role in determining the equitable distribution of property.

Longevity and accumulation of assets

One of the key factors influencing property division in high-asset divorces is the length of the marriage. The longer a couple’s marriage, the more likely they have accumulated significant assets together.

Connecticut, like many states, follows the principle of equitable distribution, aiming to fairly divide marital property. In lengthy marriages, the intermingling of finances and joint investments can complicate the division process.

Contributions over time

The duration of a marriage often reflects the span during which both partners contributed to the acquisition and growth of marital assets. Courts consider each spouse’s contributions, both financial and non-financial, when determining how to distribute property. In lengthy marriages, the depth of these contributions tends to be more substantial. This influences the court’s decision on the equitable distribution of assets.

Economic disparities and spousal support

Connecticut has a relatively high concentration of millionaires. About 9.44% of the state’s households are millionaire households. If these couples divorce, the court may consider economic disparities that developed over a long marriage. If one spouse sacrificed career opportunities to support the other or took on a more significant role in child care, the court may award alimony to help balance the economic scales.


Long-term marriages often result in a certain lifestyle for both spouses. When dividing assets, the court may strive to maintain a similar standard of living for both parties post-divorce. The length of the marriage influences the court’s determination of what constitutes a fair distribution to ensure both spouses can continue a lifestyle close to what they had during the marriage.

Understanding these considerations is necessary for navigating the complex landscape of high-asset divorces in the state.