If you’re facing divorce, it’s natural to want to learn as much as you possibly can about the process. You know how big of an impact this is going to have on your life, you probably have not been through a divorce before and it all feels foreign. You may start talking to friends who have been divorced or doing research on social media.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of divorce myths that people may accidentally repeat. You need to know what they are so that you can avoid them. Some examples are noted below:
1. The court will punish your ex for an affair
Divorce court isn’t about right and wrong or handing out punishments. Your ex still has the same rights, no matter why you’re splitting up.
2. The courts always give custody to mothers
Today, courts focus on the children’s best interests. This means seeing both parents in most cases. In opposite-sex marriages, that means time with Mom and Dad.
3. Your divorce is guaranteed to be contentious
It doesn’t have to be. In fact, if you and your spouse can work together, you can often find solutions that you prefer.
4. Your spouse has to agree to get divorced
They do not. It is faster if they agree and they sign the paperwork, but you can get divorced no matter what. A default divorce can be used without your spouse’s input, for instance, if they refuse to cooperate.
Do you know what steps to take?
The above just touches on a few common myths, but they help to show why you need to know as much as possible about your rights and what steps you need to take to make the divorce process easier on yourself.