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Common Myths About Divorce

Many of us have a lot of preconceptions about divorce and how it may impact the future. Whether these notions came from movies or shows you watch, personal anecdotes from friends or family, or another source, it is important to separate fact from myth if you are about to embark on the divorce process. The last thing you want is for the important decisions you make now to be influenced by myths.

Debunking Divorce Myths

If you are getting a divorce, you should enter this process with a clear idea of what it entails rather than commonly perpetuated myths. Oftentimes, many of these myths lead people to believe that they must resign themselves to defeat.

Protect your future by hiring an experienced family law attorney and continue reading to debunk the most common myths about divorce:

  • Myth: Mothers are always awarded child custody. Truth: Child custody is not based on gender, but rather on the best interests of the children. A judge will examine several factors to determine which arrangement is most appropriate for the children, including each parent’s willingness to support one another’s relationship with the children, each parent’s overall mental and physical health, and their ability to provide a safe and loving environment for the children.
  • Myth: Each spouse receives half of all assets. Truth: Iowa is an equitable distribution state, which means that assets are divided fairly instead of equally. Fair can mean different things for different couples, so even if you know of someone who received half of all marital assets, that might have been the most equitable arrangement for their circumstances. It does not necessarily mean your spouse will receive half of everything.
  • Myth: You do not need to hire an attorney to get divorced. Truth: Although you are not required to hire an attorney to get divorced, it is not in your best interest to forego this step. An attorney can guide you through the process and keep you from making costly mistakes. Divorce is a complex legal process and you will need someone with extensive experience to advocate on your behalf and protect your interests.

Reach Out to Our Compassionate Family Law Team for the Legal Guidance You Need

If you are planning to divorce your spouse, you should not hesitate to retain the services of a knowledgeable legal professional. At Hope Law Firm, our family law team has the experience and skill necessary to help you smoothly navigate your case, so you can start a new chapter in your life.

Call our law office today at (515) 305-2772 to set up a free, no-obligation consultation with a member of our team to discuss your case.

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