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Don't believe all the myths about a Texas divorce

Sunday, June 24, 2018

A Texas divorce is something no one wants to contemplate, but many couples ultimately experience. While many may quote grim statistics seen in headlines, the fact is there are many myths surrounding divorce. If the high cost or fear of being ordered to pay alimony are factors in delaying Texas divorce proceedings, breathe easy. Many of these facts are laced with fiction and are not as grim as they seem.

Alimony is often a contentious subject for people involved in a divorce. However, alimony doesn't even factor in too many cases. Alimony is typically granted when one party does not work or is unable to financially support themselves. However, this doesn't automatically mean a spouse should get out their checkbooks because if the other spouse has the education or skill set to find employment to support herself, alimony may not end up being an issue.

Another common myth concerns child custody. Many believe mothers automatically receive child custody, but the legal system doesn't support this myth. In many marriages, the mother tends to be the primary caregiver, but a father is entitled to spend equal time with his children. Other factors including parenting abilities and the child's interest will also come into play, both which could affect who receives primary custody. Normally, parents are given shared custody, but this is not always the case.

A Texas divorce can happen to anyone, but it is important to remember not to subscribe to all of the untruths about divorce. Although this country has a high rate of marital splits, the truth about alimony, child custody and other issues is simply facts mixed in with fiction. If couples are delaying divorce proceedings because of misinformation, it may be time to seek out knowledgeable assistance to get the actual details.

Source: Yahoo!, "7 Divorce Myths - Debunked!" Marlisse Cepeda, Dec. 26, 2012

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