Divorce is incredibly common, but it is also extremely misunderstood. If you have not been through a divorce, it is likely that you have a lot of misconceptions about divorce. After all, a lot of legal processes can be stressful and difficult to understand.
If you think that divorce is on the horizon for you, it is important that you do not fall prey to these very common misconceptions.
Men Can't Get Custody of the Children
It is a very common misconception that men never get custody of their children. In fact, many men get custody of their children, especially if they work fewer hours than their ex or if they were the primary caretakers before the divorce. Each case is different.
Women Never Pay Child Support
Just as men can get custody of their children, women can be ordered to pay child support. Many women ultimately pay child support, and they can pay as much as a man would. The cost is based on the income of the parents and the needs of the child.
You Can Limit Your Ex's Visitation If They Don't Pay Support
A very common misconception exists that you can deny your child access to the other parent at a scheduled visitation or custodial exchanges if he or she did not pay their child support. If you fail to hand over the child, you could be held in contempt of court.
Men Can't Get Spousal Support
Spousal support, or alimony, is commonly associated with women. The truth is that men can receive spousal support as well. They can receive the same amount that women would receive and for the same length of time. Like women, men need to prove in court that they have a strong case to receive support.
Men Can't Keep the House
Contrary to popular opinion, men often keep the houses they shared with their spouses. The reason why many men move out of the house is that the other partner may have been the child's primary caregiver, and they want to keep the child in the same home they grew up in.
You Don't Need an Attorney
Don't fall for this one. It is always wise to have a family law attorney or a divorce attorney on your side when you are going through a legal case. Your attorney helps you make a strong case so that you can receive the assets and support you deserve.