Debunking Common Divorce Myths

You may have preconceived notions about divorce. Divorce myths about the process saturate internet searches and casual conversations alike. At Kennedy Law Associates, our Charlotte divorce attorneys encounter these common misconceptions:

Myth No. 1: A Stay-At-Home Spouse Cannot Afford A Divorce

If you are a stay-out-home spouse, you may not think you can afford a divorce, even though your husband or wife is a high earner. Perhaps you have been out of the workforce and have given up many career opportunities to support your spouse.

Spousal support/alimony exists as a remedy in these circumstances and can provide a bridge. Temporary support may also be available to help maintain the same standard of living during the divorce process.

Myth No. 2: Marital Misconduct Can Preclude You From Child Support

While it is true that the court can consider an affair or other misconduct when deciding on alimony, such instances cannot impact child support determinations. Marital misconduct is also immaterial to property distribution.

Myth No. 3: A Divorce Will Cost You Your Business

If you own a business — particularly if your spouse is involved in its operation — divorce can be a uniquely complicated endeavor. When a business is considered marital property, your spouse will have an interest, but liquidation is not the only means of arriving at a settlement.

You may be able to negotiate a buyout or retention stake in the business. If you had a prenuptial agreement, it may provide a road map and reduce conflict.

Myth No. 4: Divorce Is Always An Expensive And Drawn-Out Process

It's commonly thought that the divorce process is long and expensive. While significant and diverse holdings can certainly make a divorce complicated, experienced legal counsel can help you efficiently arrive at a settlement. In many situations, mediation or other collaborative processes can provide less contentious paths to a final agreement.

A Clear Explanation Of The Divorce Process

Our lawyers are always happy to answer your questions about North Carolina divorce law to ensure that you have needed information before making life-changing decisions. By calling Kennedy Law Associates at 704-512-0619, you can arrange for a comprehensive consultation to assess your legal needs. You may also email us by filling out our simple contact form.