Equitable distribution

For an equity distribution, Does the length of time that one partner lives in the property after separation matter?
If one stays at the property paying the mortgage after separation, Will that be a factor for equitable distribution?

Yes, that will make a difference because that person is increasing the equity in the marital home with his or her separate money. The person staying in the home could argue that they should get credit for any principal reduction that took place after separation.