Getting a divorce can be stressful, and there are a lot of things to consider. There are also a lot of myths about the process. You don't want to get caught up in those myths, because you need to be clear on what will actually happen and what you need to do in order to have the best outcome in your particular case. Four myths are the most common, and they include thoughts about custody, attorneys, property, and court proceedings.
Custody Always Goes to Moms
In the past, custody went to moms most of the time. While it still frequently does, there's no reason to expect that it will always be given to the mom. Some dads are a better choice when it comes to custody, and the goal of the custody determination is to find what is right for the child. Whichever parent is the best choice and can provide the most for the child will be the one who gets custody in most cases.
You Can Handle a Divorce Without An Attorney
People do, but that doesn't mean it's a good idea. If you have any assets at all, you won't want to go through a divorce without an attorney to represent your interests. Divorces that don't use attorneys can actually take more time and cost more money, because there are a lot of arguments and other issues that can arise. You won't have an advocate, which can cause the proceedings to drag on.
The Property Division Will Be a 50/50 Split
Even if you've been married a long time and you make similar incomes, that doesn't mean you'll see a 50/50 division of assets. There are a lot of things taken into consideration by the judge who will grant the divorce. Your attorney may also be able to help you legally protect some of your assets, so it's vital that you focus on what that attorney can offer you.
The Divorce Will Go To Court
Your divorce will be signed by a judge when it's finalized, but that doesn't mean it will go to court. You can generally work most things out with attorneys outside of court, which will make things much easier and will also take less money to complete. Keeping the divorce out of court also helps reduce animosity, which can make the proceedings less stressful for you, your spouse, and any children.
Don't go through your divorce alone. An attorney can help you by providing the information you need to make the right decisions for your case. Working with an attorney can make all the difference, and make things less difficult for you during an already stressful time.