Coverture Formula Law and Legal Definition


Coverture formula is a method of proportionate division of a spouse's pension benefits that are accrued during the period of marriage. The coverture formula provides that the numerator of the fraction used to determine the marital portion is essentially the number of months of credible service of the employed spouse while married. Therefore, this numerator is the pension contribution while married and that the denominator is the total number of months that the spouse has been or will be employed that resulted in the pension the employee will receive. Also, this denominator number includes and will include the time the employed spouse worked before, during, and after the marriage.