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The Ten Year Anniversary Question

Clients often ask, “Is it better to get divorced before my ten year anniversary?” The ten year anniversary has no particular relevance to Michigan divorce law. Being married nine years or ten years is basically the same as it relates to divorce.

In Michigan, there is no specific number of years that you need to be married before certain benefits come into play, such as spousal support (alimony), retirement accounts, or any other asset or issue in your case. Michigan does not codify, or make laws, about a certain number of years having any particular meaning under our laws when it comes to divorce.

However, a decade or short of a decade can have significance as it relates to social security benefits. Specifically, your wife may be able to qualify for benefits under social security as a divorced spouse if you are married for ten years; and if she falls short of the ten years, she will not qualify under your social security benefits. It is important to note that this in no way reduces your social security benefits. It only affects the amount your ex-wife will receive in benefits.

In general, the longer you have been married, the more that may be at stake. It’s important to discuss the specifics of your divorce matter with an attorney before making any decisions.

Contact ADAM today for more information at (248) 327-0050.

About ADAM (American Divorce Association for Men)¬†The American Divorce Association for Men (ADAM) is a group of highly qualified attorneys who advocate for men’s rights in divorce, child custody and parenting time, paternity, support,¬†property settlement, post judgment modifications, and other family law matters. Since 1988, ADAM has been aggressive, diligent, and uncompromising when representing their clients. A team of compassionate and skilled family law attorneys, ADAM is dedicated to being Michigan’s leading divorce attorneys for men and practices a policy of integrity in all dealings.