Why Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner stayed married for 10 years

Posted by David Jacks | Nov 23, 2015

On behalf of The Jacks Law Group posted in prenuptial agreements on Thursday, July 23, 2015.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, both famous in their own right, are getting a divorce; it's been huge news lately in celebrity circles. While there has been a lot of speculation, one thing is for certain: the couple was married for exactly 10 years and one day. Their official date of separation falls immediately after their anniversary.

Is this just a random date that they picked? Did they choose it for emotional reasons, feeling that saying they'd been together for 10 years sounded better? While these factors could have contributed, there is another potential reason that should be explored: spousal support.

A long-term marriage is one that lasts for a decade, under the law in California. When a judge decides how much has to be paid in spousal support and how long it has to be paid for, this distinction may become very important indeed. It is possible that the spouse who is paid the spousal support — if either of them are — would get it for longer or get more money by waiting until the day after the anniversary, rather than divorcing the day before. Those two days could make all of the difference.

Now, the couple may not care at all about support, as they've both made their own fortunes in Hollywood. Still, it is one of the main legal reasons why they could have picked such a significant day, as it's hard to imagine they chose it without any thought.

Are you going to get a divorce in Nevada? You need to know all about spousal support, child support and other divorce issues so that you plan the divorce out perfectly.

Source: Forbes, “Why Did Ben Affleck And Jennifer Garner Wait To Split Until After Their Tenth Anniversary?,” Jeff Landers, July 15, 2015

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