Going through a divorce is difficult enough. If you believe any of the widespread myths about ending a marriage, it can be even harder.
We want to help you avoid needless frustration and worry. That’s why our family law attorneys have assembled and disproved some of these false beliefs below.
1. Adultery Will Impact Alimony
Adultery laws vary from state to state, which can create some confusion. In Nebraska, adultery isn’t a crime.
Cheating in a marriage carries little weight in the divorce process. It generally has no impact on alimony. That’s because judges don’t consider marital misconduct as a factor when deciding whether or not to award spousal support.
2. Men Can’t Get Spousal Support
The idea that men can’t get alimony is outdated. It’s leftover from earlier times when men were often the breadwinners of their families. Now, it’s a lot more common for both spouses to earn an income.
Similarly, there’s been a rise in stay-at-home dads who take care of the children while their wives earn money. Same-sex marriages also influence alimony trends. Any spouse who is financially dependent on the other may be eligible for some level of spousal support.
3. Mothers Always Get Child Custody
Again, this myth is behind the times. There was once a strong belief that children should always be with their mothers after a divorce. Now, judges must consider the best interests of the child.
Keep in mind that custody is not always awarded to one parent. Joint custody arrangements, also known as partial custody, are becoming increasingly common.
4. Assets Are Divided Equally
Property division is rarely equal. That’s the case even in divorces where both spouses are on somewhat equal footing. Instead, it comes down to what is equitable or fair.
Our divorce lawyers work with accountants, business valuation experts, and real estate experts to determine the value of your assets. We will also help to identify what is marital property and separate property.
Get the Facts During a Consultation
Do you need help separating myth from fact? Our family law attorneys in Norfolk, Omaha, and Lincoln can help. We provide the information you need to make informed decisions about your divorce. Call 402-371-4300 today to schedule a legal consultation at Copple, Rockey, & Schlecht.