Divorce may be extremely common, but people still tend to have a lot of misunderstandings about divorce. However, if you are filing for divorce, it is important to know which information is correct and which is a myth. Read more to learn about divorce and talk to a legal professional for additional help.
What are the most common divorce myths?
- Divorce always ends in court battles.
Most divorce cases are settled before they ever reach trial. Most “no-fault” divorces can be settled easily; even in “fault-based” divorces, court trials are a last resort. Before that, other methods may be tried, such as mediation.
- Committing adultery can make you lose everything.
Many people believe that committing adultery means losing your property and custody of your children. However, even though infidelity is a leading cause of divorce, it does not affect the divorce settlement.
- Living together reduces the chances of divorce.
Many people tend to believe that partners who live together are less likely to get a divorce. However, this is not true, as problems can be present in a relationship even if the partners live together.
- Half of the marriages in the United States end in divorce.
Many people have heard that 50% of American marriages end in divorce. However, this is not true. Projected numbers from the 1970s caused this myth but did not come to fruition. Today, the approximate divorce rate in the United States is 39%.
- You need to get divorced where you are married.
A common misconception many people tend to have is that you must get divorced when you get married. However, you do not necessarily have to apply for divorce in the same state that you got married in.
- Divorce is extremely expensive.
People usually believe that divorce is extremely expensive. While it is true that a court trial can boost the cost of a divorce, you can easily avoid these costs by resolving your divorce-related issues yourself.
- Mothers always get child custody.
Another very common misconception is that mothers always get custody of their children. However, the judge always considers the best interests of the children and grants custody accordingly. In most cases, parents are granted joint custody unless there are some extreme situations.
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If you and your spouse are thinking of ending your marriage, you may have many legal questions. Getting the right help can be very beneficial, and an experienced divorce lawyer can provide that help.