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Getting past common divorce myths

If you are about to be divorced, you probably have some preconceived notions about how it is going to go. You might believe that the court already has it in for you when it comes to custody and parenting time, or that you will be guaranteed some type of monetary support. Many of these notions are simply myths based on past history, even though family law has evolved.

To be properly prepared for divorce, it is important to be able to move past the myths. This post will identify and debunk some very popular ones.

Myth #1 – Divorces are costly and time consuming – There may be some truth to this. If the parties fight over everything, the divorce could become costly. However, many divorces can be resolved without trial. This is especially true if mediation or collaborative methods are used to resolve disputes.

Myth #2 – Divorce is emotionally devastating for everyone – Yes, divorcees can develop raw feelings, but for many people, divorce is a relief. This is especially true for those trapped in emotionally or physically abusive marriages.

Myth #3 – Children of divorce will be forever emotionally scarred– Some kids may initially take the news of a divorce hard, but they are also resilient and end up living healthy productive lives. Also, children of divorce may be better equipped to avoid (or even resolve) the problems that caused their parents to divorce.

If you have questions about other myths you may be worried about, an experienced family law attorney can advise you. 

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