When you’re starting to look into the divorce process, you’re probably focused on what you need to learn to make it go smoothly. There are a lot of topics to consider, from dividing retirement assets to making a child custody plan to looking into the various deadlines for the paperwork.
However, it’s not enough to learn what you need to know. You also want to find out about myths and false information that you should avoid. Even well-meaning family members and friends may pass on numerous divorce myths without realizing it, so be very careful what you take to heart.
The biggest divorce myths that keep making the rounds
Below are not all of the myths you may encounter, but these are some of the most common ones, giving you a good place to begin:
- In every case, it’s worse for your kids than staying married. Actually, studies have found that contentious marriages can be worse when children are forced to remain in combative home life.
- For every two marriages, one ends in divorce. Perhaps the most common statistic people cite about divorce, it is simply not accurate and it is outdated.
- Women get the children and men have to pay child support. This can happen, of course, but it’s also outdated. Modern courts care more about giving both parents time with the children.
- You can make your marriage divorce-proof if you want to. Honestly, there’s nothing you can do to guarantee that neither you nor your partner will ever want a divorce.
If you are moving toward divorce as you consider these myths, take the time to also look into your legal options. Protecting your interests requires careful strategy and insight, so don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance.