The internet can be tricky. With so much information, misinformation, and anonymity from so many different sources, it’s hard to know what to believe. And divorce is no different. There’s so much information about divorce on the internet that it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction. Unfortunately, many sources use statistics out of context to distort the reality of divorce, and it’s important to know the facts. If you are facing a divorce, here are some common myths about divorce and the realities you should know about divorce cases in Georgia.
Myth: Half of all marriages end in divorce
Reality: Between forty and fifty percent of marriages do end in divorce. However, in general, the divorce rate has been declining for several years. According to a Time magazine article published on Sept. 25, 2018, “New data show younger couples are approaching relationships very differently from baby boomers, who married young, divorced, remarried and so on. Generation X and especially millennials are being pickier about who they marry, tying the knot at older ages when education, careers, and finances are on track. The result is a U.S. divorce rate that dropped 18 percent from 2008 to 2016, according to an analysis by University of Maryland sociology professor Philip Cohen.”
Myth: Divorce is very expensive
Reality. There are ways to keep the financial cost of divorce reasonable. For instance, having a negotiated settlement agreement that resolves all outstanding issues can avoid a drawn-out process and repeat visits to the court. A comprehensive settlement covers alimony, child custody, child support, and asset distribution.
Myth: Your spouse is automatically entitled to alimony
Reality: Not all divorce settlements include spousal support. The court will evaluate whether one spouse is financially dependent on the other and needs continued support to maintain their lifestyle. Alimony may not be granted if the spouse is physically able to work and has marketable employment skills.
Myth: The mother is always granted child custody
Reality: Both parents have an equal right to custody unless there is evidence of an unsafe environment or abusive relationship. The judge will consider what is in the best interests of the child. If the child is at least fourteen years old, the child can decide which parent he or she wants to live with. The non-custodial parent is still entitled to substantial visitation.
Beware of myths about divorce and make sure you’re getting the right information from trusted sources about the divorce process in Georgia. Sauls Law Group is highly knowledgeable in all aspects of divorce including contested divorces and child custody cases. Contact us today at (770) 212-9168 for a consultation.