If you are considering a divorce, chances are you brought up the topic with some of your trusted friends or family members and they may have given you a bit of advice. However, much of what people often believe they know about divorce is often based on myths. Considering the complexities of this process and the impact it will have on your life, it is crucial to debunk these common myths before you move forward to ensure your decisions are based on the sound legal advice of your attorney rather than common myths.
Separating Fact from Fiction
Before you embark on the process of dissolving your marriage, it is important to set aside the stories or preconceived notions you may have about divorce. Even anecdotal information can be misleading because no two divorces are alike, so what may have been true for a story you might have heard may not apply to you.
These are some of the most common myths about divorce:
- Myth: If you have an affair, you will lose everything. Fact: Cheating on your spouse may be the impetus for your divorce, but it will not greatly impact the outcome of your settlement. Child-related issues, for example, must be based on the best interests of the child.
- Myth: Your spouse can refuse to get a divorce. Fact: As long as one spouse wants to end the marriage, nothing can prevent the divorce.
- Myth: Mothers always receive custody of the children. Fact: In the past, mothers were certainly favored by family courts as custodial guardians. However, such decisions are now based on what will best serve the children.
- Myth: You have to go to court to get divorced. Fact: Divorce litigation is one way to end a marriage, but there are many other ways to call it quits that will keep you outside of court, such as divorce mediation or collaborative divorce. Understanding your options is an important part of the divorce process.
- Myth: You have to get divorced in the state where you got married. Fact: Life constantly changes and it would be unreasonable to think that a married couple would never relocate throughout their marriage. You can get divorced anywhere as long as you or your spouse can satisfy the residency requirements.
Speak to a Knowledgeable Legal Advocate About Your Divorce Case Today!
We all hope that for marriage to last and, unfortunately, many end in divorce. If you believe your marriage can no longer continue, the family law team at the Law Office of Tzvi Y. Hagler, P.C. can provide the strong legal support you need to get through it. You can rely on us to help you navigate this process while protecting your best interests.
Reach out to our law office today at (516) 514-3868 to set up a consultation.