Divorce is complicated, and it only gets worse if you fall for some of the most common myths about the process. Make sure you know what they are so that you can avoid them if you decide to end your own marriage.
Here are five of the most common ones:
Divorce must happen in the same state as the marriage.
Don’t worry, you do not have to fly back home if you moved to Missouri after you got married. You can just get divorced in Missouri.
The court does not have to grant your divorce
No, the court is not going to deny your request for a divorce, and your spouse cannot deny it either. If you want it, you can get it.
Your ex gets everything if you were unfaithful
Unless there is a clear economic impact to the affair, the court typically does not care if you committed adultery or not. They’re not going to give everything to your spouse, no matter how they feel about your decision.
Divorce never goes smoothly
It absolutely can go smoothly if you and your spouse are open to cooperating and working together to find the best possible outcome.
Fathers never get custody of the kids
While mothers have gotten custody more often historically, courts now often try to split custody to keep both mothers and fathers involved. There has been a major shift over the last few decades.
Again, don’t fall for the myths. Make sure you know exactly where you stand and what legal options you have.