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Popular Divorce Myths

The term “divorce” evokes a variety of stereotypes and assumptions. Every divorce is unique, and these presuppositions can cause unnecessary confusion. If you’re considering a divorce, it is important to figure out which of these expectations apply to your unique situation and which ones are simply myths. Below, our team of Colorado divorce attorneys compiled a few common divorce myths and the truths behind them:

Your Kids Will Always Stay With Their Mother

Child custody is one of the most complicated and contentious facets of the divorce process. Popular misconception asserts that children will always end up staying with their mother, but this is a myth. By law, the court will determine child custody and support based on the best interest of the child. If it is in the best interest of the child to stay with his / her father, or alternately live with both parents, the court will agree to this arrangement.

You Can’t Afford to Get a Divorce

Divorce is expensive, but it doesn’t have to compromise your financial security. In fact, a skilled attorney can guide you and your spouse through the divorce process, helping you avoid unnecessary fees and expenses. Additionally, a lawyer can ensure that your settlement is fair, so you don’t have to worry about the long-term effects of unjust child support or alimony payment. If you’re concerned about the cost of divorce, speak with an attorney to learn about financially efficient divorces or alternative forms of resolution, such as mediation.

The Ex-Husband Must Pay Spousal Support

Spousal support is an important part of many divorce agreements, but it isn’t imperative. Further, alimony is not gender-specific. If for example, the wife is the primary money earner in the family, the husband could be entitled to spousal support. Generally, alimony is awarded to a spouse when he/she is dependent on the other spouse for financial support, regardless of gender. In some cases (typically shorter marriages), neither spouse is dependent on the other. Additional factors include the spouse’s vocational background, education, and earning potential.

Divorce is Always Someone’s Fault

When it comes to divorce, both spouses usually share the blame. Since Colorado is a “no-fault” divorce state, couples filing for divorce in Colorado are not obligated to provide a reason for their separation, aside from “irreconcilable differences.” Factors such as adultery or domestic violence can influence your child support and alimony agreement but are not necessary to complete the divorce process. For more information about fault and divorce, get in touch with a lawyer from Modern Family Law.

A Divorce Attorney is an Unnecessary Expense

You are not legally required to work with a Denver divorce lawyer, but filing for divorce without one can lead to serious problems in the future. Once your divorce is finalized, it is difficult to change without a significant change in circumstances. In the middle of a complicated divorce, it may be difficult to determine the best path for your future and your family. An attorney can provide the sound legal guidance you need to protect your rights, your children, and your financial security.

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If you are considering a divorce, schedule a consultation with our firm to see how our team can assist you. Now is the time to learn about your legal rights and options. Our family lawyers are here to help clients like you efficiently navigate the legal process ahead, so contact our office today to request a free consultation.

Posted April 09, 2015
by: MFL Team

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