There are a lot of misconceptions about divorce out there and, unfortunately, they can give couples who are about to embark on the process an inaccurate view of how the process works. Moreover, divorce is so entirely unique to each case that it would be unhelpful to compare yourself to the circumstances another couple faced. Instead of believing in myths, misconceptions, and secondhand accounts of divorce, you should rely on the sound legal advice of your attorney.
Stop Believing the Myths
There is no substitute for hiring an experienced divorce attorney to handle your case. That said, it would be helpful for anyone who is going through the divorce process to debunk the most common myths about this emotionally charged process.
Here are some of the most common divorce myths:
1. An affair will greatly impact your settlement: People tend to believe that, if you cheat on your spouse, you will lose everything during the divorce process. The truth is that your spouse will not walk away with the kids, the family home, and all of your marital assets simply because you were unfaithful. Unless you spent substantial marital assets on the extramarital affair, you will still receive your fair share of assets.
2. Couples must divorce where they got married: You do not have to return to the state where you got married to get a divorce. Instead, you or your spouse must meet the residency requirements for the state you currently live in to file for divorce.
3. Child custody is always awarded to the mother: In the past, mothers were seen as primary caregivers for children and, therefore, were typically awarded custody. Today, such decisions are based on the best interests of the children.
4. You have to go to court to get divorced: Litigation is certainly one way to end your marriage, but it is not the only way. Collaborative divorce and divorce mediation, for example, allow couples to resolve their divorce outside of court.
Reach Out to an Experienced Family Law Attorney to Discuss Your Case Today!
If you are divorcing your spouse, do not postpone hiring an experienced family law attorney to represent your case. At Louis P. Winner, our family law team is committed to guiding families through this difficult process and protecting their best interests. You can rely on us to secure the best possible results for your case.
Call our law office today at (502) 812-1889 to set up a consultation with a member of our team and learn more about your legal options.