Divorce can be a challenge, both personally and legally. When navigating the legal pathways of terminating a marriage, many people have a lot of questions. Because having the right information is key to a swift process and successful future, it’s important anyone considering divorce has the right answers.
At Law & Mediation Firm of Klueck & Hoppes, APC, our family law attorneys take the time to address all client questions and concerns, and provide the support needed to make informed decisions. Having worked with numerous individuals and families over the years, we’ve heard all types of misinformation about divorce and the legal process. Below are a few of the most common divorce myths we hear.
Divorce is overwhelmingly expensive.
While this misconception may be perpetuated by high profile multi-million dollar celebrity divorces we see in the media, it is certainly not true of every case. In fact, divorcing spouses have the ability to take an active role in managing costs and legal expenses by working together to reach amicable agreements about divorce, parenting plans, and support payments. Our firm is skilled in helping clients explore options such as mediation to make the divorce process and all related matters proceed more efficiently.
Mothers nearly always win custody of children.
This is simply not the case. When parents are unable to reach amicable agreements regarding parenting plans and visitation, the court will make a determination based solely on what’s best for the child. When determining the best interests of a child, a judge will take many factors into account that have nothing to do with gender. These factors may include a child’s preference (if they are mature enough), the ability of each parent to provide a safe and stable home, and the unique emotional and financial needs of the child.
There’s no need for an attorney if spouses agree to divorce.
While some spouses do divorce without an attorney, it is generally not advised. There are many legal elements involved in these cases, especially if complexities or multiple issues are involved (child custody, complex property division, high net worth, etc.). Even if you and your spouse agree to end a marriage, it is always a wise decision to consult an experienced attorney to ensure not only that the process runs smoothly, but also that your rights and interests are protected each step of the way with a focus on your future. This can reduce the risk of encountering future problems with your legal obligations.
Trust a team of Board Certified Family Law Specialists and proven divorce lawyers with over a century of combined experience. For more information about your unique case and rights, contact our firm today.