The Truth about Divorce

April 13, 2016 - Categories: Legal Articles, Michigan, Illinois, Arizona

If you believe your marriage is over and divorce (aka dissolution of marriage) is in your future, it is important to get the advice and guidance you need. However, advice from well-meaning friends, relatives and others regarding divorce can be confusing because you get conflicting tips. Thus, the sooner you confer with an experienced divorce attorney the better. It is important to educate yourself on what will happen in your divorce, but you need to get your information from a reliable source.

Below are a few of the common myths and misunderstandings we commonly hear from our clients:

Myth: An estimated 50% of all marriages will end in divorce.

Response: While there are studies that reveal 40-50% of marriages end in divorce, these percentages are often distorted by the fact that many divorces are the individual’s second or third (or more) divorce.

Myth: Cohabitating before you get married will improve your chances of having a successful marriage.

Response: No two couples are the same and every marriage falls apart for different reasons. Thus, living together prior to getting married may or may not reduce your risk of divorce.

Myth: The court will always award the wife spousal support and custody of the children.

Response: Not true! There are a wide variety of factors that must be considered by the court in awarding alimony to either party. It is becoming increasingly common for the wife to be ordered to pay support to her husband. The same is true for custody of your children. The court will consider a wide variety of factors in determining custody, with the primary factor being what is in the best interests of the child. In fact, most courts assume that having both parents involved in the child’s life is in the best interests of the child.

Myth: I can’t afford to get a divorce.

Response: It is important to remember that the cost of your divorce mostly depends upon you, your spouse, and how well you can work together to resolve the issues between you. Getting divorced does not have to be expensive.


Access Legal Care provides a free legal consultation and affordable legal help for people who want to get divorced (aka get a dissolution of marriage) or who have questions about divorce in Michigan, Illinois, and Arizona.

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