There’s so much information on the Internet that it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction. This is especially true when the subject is divorce. Many sources use statistics to distort the reality of divorce.
Here are some myths about divorce cases in Gwinnett County.
Myth: Half of All Marriages Ends in Divorce
Reality: Between forty and fifty percent of marriages end in divorce. The divorce rate has been decline for several years now.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the divorce rate is currently 3.6 per 1,000 population. The divorce rate in Georgia is even lower at 2.5 per 1,000 population, one of the lowest rates in the country.
Myth: Divorce is Very Expensive
Reality. There are ways to keep the financial cost of divorce reasonable. For instance, having a negotiated settlement agreement that resolves all outstanding issues can avoid a drawn out process and repeat visits to the court.
A comprehensive settlement covers alimony, child custody, child support, and asset distribution.
Myth: Your Spouse is Automatically Entitled to Alimony
Reality: Not all divorce settlements include spousal support. The court will evaluate whether one spouse is financially dependent on the other and needs continued support to maintain their lifestyle.
Alimony may not be granted if the spouse is physically able to work and has marketable employment skills.
Myth: The Mother is Always Granted Child Custody
Reality: Both parents have an equal right to custody unless there is evidence of an unsafe environment or abusive relationship. The judge will consider what is in the best interests of the child.
If the child is at least fourteen years old, the child can decide which parent he or she wants to live with. The non-custodial parent is still entitled to substantial visitation.
GET THE RIGHT INFORMATION ABOUT THE DIVORCE PROCESS BY CALLING ATLANTA’S MOST EXPERIENCED FAMILY LAW FIRM
It’s important to know the facts if you are facing divorce. The attorneys at Oxendine & Sauls are highly knowledgeable in all aspects of divorce including contested divorces and child custody cases.
We can assist you in crafting a divorce settlement that meets your family’s needs and protects your assets.