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5 Divorce Myths You’ve Probably Believed

There are a lot of myths surrounding divorce that have become common beliefs. Most of these are things most people accept as fact without knowing that they aren’t getting the complete story. Not having all the information can dramatically affect the way your divorce plays out.

So, without further ado, here are 5 divorce myths you’ve probably believed…

  1. To Get Divorced You Must Go to Court
    Many divorces are not amicable, and require a third party to help the couple sort through their issues and determine how to proceed. While many people believe this means a divorce must go to court, that’s not always the case. There are many other options available that don’t involve court fees and a judge.
  2. As the Dad, You’ll Have Limited Time with Your Kids
    While many divorced couples go the route of having the children at the mother’s house on the weekdays, and father’s house on the weekends, there is no rule that says this is the way you have to structure your visitation. You and your ex can decide what option is best not only for the two of you, but most importantly, for the children. This will look different in every situation, but it’s not set in stone that fathers can only see their kids on weekends and holidays.
  3. Common Law Marriage Grants Me the Same Rights as Married Couples
    Unfortunately, this isn’t always true. While Minnesota acknowledges common law marriages that have occurred outside of the state, it no longer is recognized in Minnesota. This means that although you and your ex have created a life together, when the relationship ends, your legal rights are not the same as a legally married couple.
  4. If You Leave the House, You’re No Longer Financially Liable
    Simply leaving the house doesn’t mean that you do not own the house. While the house is still in your name, you are financially responsible for the mortgage.
  5. Only My Name is On the Mortgage, So the House Is Mine
    Sorry, the house is more than likely an “asset of the marriage” and that means that it will be divided up with all the other property you and your ex own.

We always suggest obtaining legal representation while going through a divorce. This helps to ensure that you are getting your fair share, and that you aren’t falling for other myths you don’t know about. Contact us for more information.

We want to hear from you. What myths did you believe? Do you have any more to add to this list? Let us know in the comment section below.

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