Rule of 65

A rule from the Spousal Maintenance Guidelines, that, when the criteria is met, the Court may order a duration different than the one suggested by the Guidelines—the only duration affected is the one for marriage of 16 years or more, and the range for those marriages is 12 to 96 months of spousal maintenance. For the Rule of 65 to apply, all three of the following requirements need to be met: (1) The party seeking maintenance is at least 42 years old. (2) The marriage lasted at least 16 years. (3) The age of the spouse seeking maintenance + length of marriage is equal to or greater than 65. ASMG § V(B)(1)(b). The length of the marriage is judged from the date of the wedding ceremony to the date of service.

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