If you have never gone through a divorce, chances are, what you know about the process is largely informed by myths and a lot of anecdotal information that has been passed down so many times, the truth is long gone. It is important to debunk these myths if you are considering ending your marriage, so you can make the best decisions for your future.
Separating Fact from Fiction
There are many prevalent divorce myths out there and, unfortunately, many people often base the choices they make on them.
Below is a list of some of the most common myths about divorce:
- Myth: If your spouse cheats, you can take everything. Truth: As much as you would like to make your unfaithful spouse suffer, the fact is that fidelity does not have any impact on asset division or child custody. Unless your spouse wasted a substantial amount of marital assets on the affair, everything will be divided according to state law or as outlined by your prenuptial agreement if you have one.
- Myth: You have to get divorced where you got married. Truth: Life changes and people frequently move, so you certainly do not have to get divorced where you married your spouse. One of you simply needs to meet state and county residency requirements.
- Myth: Mothers always get full custody. Truth: In the past, mothers were often seen as primary caregivers, which is why they typically won child custody. However, today, these decisions are based entirely on the best interests of the child. Moreover, courts generally believe it is best for both parents to be involved in their child’s life.
- Myth: You have to go to court to get divorced. Truth: There are many ways to get divorced besides litigation. If your divorce is uncontested, there would be no reason for you to go to court. If you have a contested divorce on your hands, you can still hash out an agreement through a form of alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation.
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