People have a lot of misconceptions about divorce. So many of the stories and secondhand information we hear influences our perceptions of what we think the divorce process is like. However, if you are about to embark on this process, it is important to debunk these myths, so you have a more accurate idea of what to expect and how to navigate it. Continue reading to learn more about the most common divorce myths.
The Most Common Divorce Myths
We have all heard horror stories about divorce, whether it be a friend’s’ experience, a courtroom drama on television, or a story that’s been passed down through acquaintances. Unfortunately, a lot of details can get muddled and you may be left with some very bad advice.
Here are some of the most common divorce myths:
- If you have an affair, you will lose everything: The idea that a spouse will lose everything in a divorce as a result of an extramarital affair is a prevalent myth most of us are familiar with. The truth is that infidelity tends not to have much of an impact on a divorce settlement. However, it is possible for it to have an indirect impact. For example, if your spouse spent vast sums of marital funds on expensive gifts or hotel rooms to conduct the affair, you may be awarded a larger portion of marital assets.
- You have to divorce in the same state where you were married: Life constantly changes and spouses cannot be expected to divorce where they were married. Instead, you or your spouse simply has to meet the residency requirements of the state in which you wish to divorce.
- Child custody is always awarded to the mom: Although mothers were certainly seen as primary caregivers in the past, which influenced custody decisions, that is no longer the case. Such decisions are based on the best interests of the children. Ideally, both parents will remain almost equally involved in the lives of their children.
- Divorce cases always go to trial: Although some divorces are certainly destined for litigation, many are able to settle outside of court through other methods, such as mediation or arbitration.
Discuss your case with an experienced divorce attorney to learn more about your legal options and what is right for you.
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