Many people want to file for divorce but don’t because they may have heard a story about someone having a messy divorce. These stories often create common misconceptions that discourage people from seeking change in their lives. This could create fear that a divorce will be the biggest mistake of their lives.
These misconceptions are just that, however, a misconstrued, unlikely story. To better understand how divorce works, it may be best to know how divorce doesn’t work. Here’s what you should know:
You’ll lose everything in the asset division process
Assets are typically owned equally in a marriage, so marital assets may be evenly divided between you and your spouse. Having a prenup or postnup may make it clear who receives what assets in a divorce. These legal documents help detail what assets are protected during the division process.
You’ll never see your kids again
Most people plan out a child custody order during a divorce. This allows each parent to continue contributing to their children and granting allotted parenting times. Parents usually discuss a co-parenting plan or a parallel parenting plan – which work very similarly, but, in a co-parenting plan, each parent works together, while a parallel parenting plan has parents working independently of each other.
Your spouse can stop a divorce
If your spouse doesn’t want to sign for a divorce, then they’re in for an unhappy surprise because you can still it. Your spouse has to meet a deadline to sign a divorce petition otherwise you may be able to have a judge grant the petitions agreement through a default divorce. Your spouse won’t be able to oppose the divorce and will only have delayed the inevitable.
Alimony will last for a lifetime
If you and your spouse agreed to an alimony plan, then, after divorce, there’s a chance you may be financially supporting your spouse. Some people may believe that alimony lasts forever as a repercussion of divorce. The truth, however, is that alimony only lasts for a fraction of the length of the marriage.
You don’t need legal help during a divorce
Divorce is a delicate matter that often needs legal help to support the decision. There are many considerations to make when splitting two peoples’ lives.