Mississippi Divorce Attorney Debunks More Divorce Myths

People love to talk about divorce, but unfortunately, some of what is said is not true. Even worse, the untruths and misconceptions are often attractively packaged in emotionally charged stories which make their way from person to person much faster than the less dramatic tales of how real divorces actually play out. When you add celebrity gossip to the mix, it can become very difficult to separate fact from fiction. The following divorce myths are just that, myths. If you have questions about divorce, remember that the best source of factual advice about divorce in Mississippi is a Mississippi Family Law Attorney.

One popular myth is that cheating is always taken into account in divorce cases. This myth is popular because people enjoy seeing cheaters lose at things, especially in divorce cases. While stories of cheating spouses being taken to the cleaners in divorce court abound, what really happens is usually much less dramatic. Many couples opt for no-fault divorce, because they can design their own divorce settlements and often finalize the whole thing without the need for a trial. In states like Mississippi where fault-based divorce due to adultery is available as a course of action, some spouses who have been cheated on decide to pursue either no-fault divorces or divorces on other grounds. The reason for this is that adultery is not always easy to prove, and you need proof for a divorce to be granted on fault-based grounds. In divorce cases, while cheating may have led to the couple’s decision to divorce, it is not always reflected in the outcome of the case.

Another myth that it is important to dispel is that assets can be hidden. In a divorce case, the parties exchange financial information as part of the divorce proceedings. If assets have gone missing, or if one party attempts to hide them by simply not including them in their inventory, they can get into a lot of trouble. In fact, the likelihood of getting caught concealing an asset or transaction is so great and the penalty so steep (the asset may be awarded to the other party or you may have to pay for something you gave away or sold for cheap), that it is never worth it to try to hide any asset or financial transaction.

A third myth that is beginning to fade out on its own is that moms always get primary custody of the kids. Families come in all shapes and sizes nowadays, and parental roles can change over time. For example, if a couple has children and the father loses his job, the mother may be able to find better work more easily and the two may agree that she will go to work and he will stay home with the kids. As families change, the types of outcomes in divorce cases change, too. Many couples design parenting schedules that give each parent roughly half of the parenting time and parenting agreements that state that parental responsibilities will be shared. In contested divorce cases, evidence can be presented by each parent to tell the court why their proposed parenting agreement is the one that will most serve the best interest of the children. In summary, a parent’s chance of getting the result that they want as far as custody is concerned depends largely upon whether what they are asking for is congruent with what has already been going on in the family.

Divorce can be confusing because there is a lot of misinformation out there. If you need definitive answers to your divorce questions, please call Mississippi Divorce Attorney Matthew S. Poole at (601) 573-7429 today, to set up a free consultation.

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Mississippi Divorce Attorney explains myths associated with divorce.

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