Jane Seymour Discusses Divorce Later in Life

Dec 17, 2014

In a recent interview with HuffPost Live, Jane Seymour opened up about her divorce, which occurred after the actress had reached her sixties.  She discussed primarily how divorcing her husband after being married for 24 years affected her emotional well-being.  Her situation highlights the fact that divorce can occur at any age and it is not just a trend among young people.

In fact, divorcing at a later age may mean the parties have more to lose in their divorce.  For instance, in New Jersey, in property division, the court is required to consider a number of factors outlined in N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23.1.  One of these factors is the “duration of the marriage.”  In addition, when dividing property, the court must determine which property is eligible for distribution, or which property the parties acquired during the marriage.  Rothman v. Rothman, 65 N.J. 196 (App. Div. 1977).  With a longer marriage, there could be more property to be divided. 

In addition, there may be consequences for alimony if parties divorce after a long marriage.  Under the new alimony reform law, which we previously blogged about, if a marriage lasted for less than 20 years, the duration of alimony can only last for as long as the marriage did.  Parties that have been married longer than 20 years, however, do not face this similar limitation.

While some issues, such as child support or child custody, may not present themselves in cases where the parties divorce at later ages, this is also not always the case.  Ultimately, divorce has consequences for any family, regardless of the time the parties spent married to one another.  If you are going through a divorce, contact the experienced attorneys at Sarno da Costa D’Aniello Maceri LLC for help with your case.  Call us today at 973-274-5200