For some, divorce can sound like a scary seven-letter word, packed with many misconceptions about its proceedings and judicial process. Though no couple ever plans on getting a divorce, when it happens, it can cause added stress, emotional pain, and financial burden. With the right divorce attorney at your side, however, you may discover that divorce proceedings can be less invasive, and a lot simpler, than you think.
Top 3 Misconceptions about Divorce Proceedings
- Assets Are Split 50-50: One of the major concerns of getting a divorce is the equitable division of assets. Most individuals are under the assumption that everything they own is split down the middle after a divorce. In a recent blog post, we discussed the basic differences between marital and non-martial assets. During your marriage, if you acquire any property or debt (i.e. home, vehicle, business, or children), those assets are typically considered marital property and may be divided between you and your former spouse by a judge. The property you owned prior to the marriage is typically considered non-martial, meaning you still have ownership over those items.
- Mothers Are Always Granted Custody of Children: In any divorce, the court will always consider what is in the best interest of the children. Your judge may (or may not) lean towards joint custody and equal time spent with both parents. In the past, mothers were typically given custody of children in family law. Women also traditionally received spousal support, but as the economy is seeing an increase in women taking on the role of breadwinner and fathers becoming stay-at-home dads, it’s now more common for men to receive spousal support than ever before.
- You Don’t Need a Divorce Attorney: Many people often forget that marriage is a legal agreement, and though it’s possible to go through divorce proceedings without an experienced divorce attorney, it’s also very risky. A divorce attorney will support you in the legal documentations of filing for a divorce, ensure peaceful negotiations along the way, and help you receive a fair settlement at the end of your journey.
Need a Divorce Attorney? KTF Law Firm Can Help!
At KTF Law Firm, our Minneapolis divorce lawyers will support and guide you throughout your divorce proceedings. Contact us today to schedule a consultation, where we will listen to your concerns and help protect your rights and your family’s future.