Suvivior benefits for spouse

my wife was vested in her pension.We were married for almost 12 years.We also lived together for over 10 years prior to that. Her plan said to me We must be married for 15 years to get benefits.My question is Does 'commom law' count for anything in the state of california? or am I just screwed. Thanks Doug.
Asked Feb 27, 2010

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