5 Common Divorce Myths

There are many reasons why couples file for divorce. Finances, infidelity, irreconcilable differences, abuse, and growing apart are among the most common reasons why married couples separate and seek to end their unions. Whether you are contemplating divorce or are currently going through one, here are five divorce myths you probably weren’t aware of.

1. Cohabitation Before Marriage Increases the Chances of Divorce

Contrary to popular belief, living with your significant other before marriage doesn’t necessarily lead to divorce. In many cases, cohabitation gives couples a good idea of what they can expect before they get married. As long as both parties are not rushing into the situation, cohabitation can actually help to reduce their chances of divorce.

2. Half of All Marriages End in Divorce

This myth doesn’t separate divorces that are the result of remarriages versus first time marriages. Due to the economy and other factors, divorce rates have been on a steady decline for the last few decades.

3. Fathers Automatically Lose Child Custody

This is one of the more popular divorce myths. Both parents have equal rights to their children. Child custody cases are ruled in the best interests of the children. Courts consider various factors when deciding what is in the best interests of children, but the sex of the parent is not one of those factors.

4. Wives Get Alimony

Contrary to common belief, all ex-wives are not eligible to receive alimony. Alimony can be awarded to either spouse so they can continue to maintain the lifestyle they were accustomed to during the marriage. Keep in mind that alimony is not awarded in all divorce cases and the court will consider a list of statutory factors to determine whether alimony (i.e. spousal support) will be awarded, how much will be awarded, and for how long it will be awarded.

5. Divorce is Expensive

All divorces are not expensive. In fact, the more amicable the spouses are, the less expensive their divorce will be. If you and your spouse are having a challenging time working with each other to dissolve your marriage, you could choose the Uncontested Divorce route to speed the process up and keep costs down. If you decide to take it to court to draw things out, it is only going to result in a bigger financial headache.

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