Divorce myths are prevalent in our society, especially in the shows and movies we watch. While it may be a more compelling narrative in entertainment, the fact is that what many of us think we know about divorce is actually a myth. If you are getting a divorce, you should debunk these myths to ensure you do not base any of your decisions on these misconceptions.
Get Rid of the Myths
Understanding the divorce process and the consequences of certain choices is crucial as you move forward, especially considering what is at stake. The wrong move can compromise your custody arrangement, support payments, or property and asset division, so you should take a moment to dispel the myths.
Continue reading to debunk the most common divorce myths:
- If you were unfaithful to your spouse, you will lose everything: People often think that they can take their spouse to the cleaner’s if they cheated during the marriage. However, unless your spouse wasted substantial marital assets on an extramarital affair, it is unlikely that this issue will heavily factor into your settlement.
- Mothers always get custody of the children: Family courts believe it is important for children to maintain a healthy bond with both parents. Moreover, decisions pertaining to child custody are not based on the gender of the parents, but rather on the best interests of the children.
- Your spouse can deny you a divorce: If your spouse does not agree to get a divorce, it cannot stop the process. Instead, it will become a contested divorce and take a little more time to achieve a resolution. As long as one spouse wishes to end the marriage, nothing can prevent it.
- You have to get a divorce in the state where you were married: You do not need to get divorced where you got married. All you have to do is meet the residency requirements of the state and county in which you currently reside.
- You have to litigate to get divorced: You can go through divorce litigation in court, but that is not your only option. Many spouses get divorced out of court through alternative methods, such as mediation or collaborative divorce, to forego a potentially contentious courtroom battle.
Getting a divorce is a complex enough process on its own, so do not let any of these myths drive any of the choices you make.
Contact Our Experienced Divorce Team for a Consultation!
If you are getting a divorce, the knowledgeable family law team at Crossman & McNamee, LLC can provide the guidance and advice you need to get through it. Our team is committed to providing compassionate support and will walk you through every step of the process, so you are always fully informed of all your legal options and their implications.
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