how long will my marriage be considered by courts, i got married in 1995, but now in the process of divorce, according to my wife Petition our marriage broke down in 2004 i dispute this i put the date as 2006, as i still participated in family holiday and meals and family activities up to 2006,
we have lived as two separate households at the same address according my understanding since 2006 up to now, 2012.
is the marriage from 1995 to 2012 or is the marriage from 1995 to 2006 from the time we decided to live our separate lives,
the reason being, i am concerned about the time scale of the marriage and its impact on financial settlement.
1995 to 2006 make marriage 11 years
1995 to 2012 would make it 17 years
bearing in mind i am still living in the matrimonial house and contributing towards household maintenance costs and children care
If, as you say, you were married in 1995 and are still married today, then your marriage lasted about 17 years. It does seem that the marriage has died a long lingering death, as I suppose my own first marriage did ; but the fact remains you were still legally married.
The Courts are required to take contributions into account but the main factor if the marriage has been of any length ( and sometimes when it has not ) is need. What are the needs of the divorcing spouses and dependent children, and how are those needs to be met ?
In your situation, you need to have a look at this issue, I think your concerns over length of marriage are peripheral, quite honestly.