There are a plethora of myths surrounding the divorce process, so before you embark on the process, take a moment to debunk some of these dangerous misconceptions. You want the decisions you make during your divorce to be influenced by the knowledgeable legal advice of your attorney rather than these prevalent mistruths that can lead you down the wrong path, ultimately costing you time, money, and avoidable stress and heartache.
Divorce Myths and Facts
We often turn to our friends and family for advice on important matters, but when it comes to divorce, it is best to turn to an attorney who will examine the specifics of your unique situation rather than being influenced by anecdotal stories that have gone through an extensive game of telephone. Moreover, unless someone is an attorney, chances are the opinion you are hearing is strongly tainted by common misconceptions, which will not do you any favors during this process.
Keep reading to debunk the most common divorce myths:
1. Myth: Mothers always win child custody. Fact: Although there was a heavy bias in favor of mothers in the past, in today's day and age, both parents have an equal chance of child custody. All child-related decisions are based on the best interests of the child rather than on the gender of the parent.
2. Myth: You must go to court if you want to divorce your spouse. Fact: There are many other methods, aside from divorce litigation, which can allow you to dissolve your marriage without ever setting foot in court. Most divorces are actually able to settle outside of court.
3. Myth: Women are always awarded alimony. Fact: A surprising number of divorce myths revolve around gender. If you are a woman, you should not consider alimony a given. Alimony is intended to help the lesser income-earning spouse maintain the standard of living the couple had during the marriage, so if the wife is the breadwinner, a judge may order her to pay alimony.
4. Myth: If you were unfaithful during the marriage, you will lose everything. Fact: Your affair will not result in you getting cleaned out during your divorce unless you wastefully dissipated marital assets. For example, if you spent thousands of dollars on pricey hotel bills to conduct the affair, a judge may award your spouse a greater share of marital assets to make up for it.
Schedule a Consultation with an Experienced Divorce Attorney!
If you are considering a divorce, you need an experienced family law attorney to help you navigate the process. At Labovitz Law Firm, our legal team is backed by 16 years of combined legal experience. You can rely on us to ensure the best possible results for your case.
Call our legal team today at (817) 374-4056 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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