Divorce is no longer considered taboo, so many people talk about it openly. This means there is a lot of information about divorce out there, but unfortunately, some of it is not accurate. Here’s the truth behind these common divorce myths:
Myth: The Mother Will Automatically Be Awarded Custody
Many people believe that the courts favor women over men in child custody cases, but that’s not true. Judges are primarily concerned with making child custody decisions that are in the best interests of the children. They take a number of factors into consideration when making child custody decisions, but the gender of the parent is not one of them.
Myth: Alimony is Awarded in Every Divorce
There is no law that states alimony must be awarded in every divorce case. It is up to the judge to determine if one spouse is entitled to alimony. The judge will consider the length of the marriage, the couple’s standard of living, the roles and responsibilities of each spouse, and other factors. After considering these factors, the judge may decide that awarding alimony is not necessary.
Myth: Couples Always Fight While Divorcing
It’s common for couples to fight over issues such as child custody, child support, and the division of assets while divorcing. However, this does not mean that every divorce is contentious. Some couples that are willing to cooperate and compromise are able to quickly resolve these issues without turning their divorce into a courtroom battle. Having a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement can also help couples avoid fighting during their divorce.
Myth: Both Spouses Must Want the Divorce
Sometimes, both spouses agree to divorce after realizing that their marriage is not working out. But, in many divorce cases, one spouse does not want to end the marriage. Fortunately, the law states that a divorce can be granted even if one spouse wants to stay married. There’s no way for one spouse to deny the other of a divorce. However, the spouse that does not want to divorce could make the process harder by refusing to compromise or insisting that the case go to court.
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