Common Misconceptions about Divorce
Just as all marriages are unique, so are all divorces. Some divorces are fairly straightforward and without incident; others are more complicated and stressful. Several common misconceptions about divorce exist; our experienced divorce attorneys tackle them one-by-one, in an effort to help you more fully understand the issues related to divorce.
Divorce has a stigma
There was a time when divorce had a social stigma attached to it. No more. Divorce is much more common and socially accepted than in years past. It can still be a traumatic process for those involved, but neither spouse should feel they will end up with a social stigma if they should divorce.
How easy or hard the divorce process will be
Perhaps you and your spouse have chosen to divorce but you are on good terms and have already discussed many of the terms to agree upon. Your divorce process may be relatively smooth. If you have been married to your spouse for a long period of time, and have children and financial assets, there are more issues to address in the divorce process and – because of that – the divorce may get complicated and require more decisions and negotiation. Not all divorces are extremely difficult; it all depends upon the spouses and the individual circumstances.
How long it takes to divorce
Studies show that, on average, the length of time it takes to complete a divorce is approximately 11 months. This timeframe covers the initial filing of the divorce petition to receiving a settlement or the final court judgement. Divorces that went to trial, regardless of the issue, took an average of 17.6 months; those spouses that settled their issues outside of court completed the divorce process in approximately 9 months.
Divorce is expensive
There is a common misconception that all divorces are expensive endeavors that will leave you bankrupt. While there are costs involved in divorcing, the financial expense varies significantly depending upon several factors, including whether issues were resolved in court or out of court. Bringing matters to trial brings increased expenses in the form of legal and court fees, as well as any costs related to hiring expert consultants to advocate on your behalf. Discuss matters concerning your marital estate with your spouse beforehand and settle issues with legal counsel outside of court to keep your costs down.
Adjustment to life post-divorce
Friends and family of those divorcing may incorrectly assume that once the divorce is final, you can now “get on with your life” and “get back to normal”. Unfortunately, for many recently divorced couples, it is not that simple. Divorce can take its toll emotionally. Many spouses feel a sense of loss, grieving for the partner and the marriage they once knew. Adjusting to a new living situation and new financial circumstances can take time. Preparing for your life post-divorce can ease some of the difficulties you may face and bring a smoother transition.
Have more questions? Our trusted Murfreesboro divorce attorneys can help
Instead of searching the Internet or talking to friends about your divorce questions, give us a call. The Murfreesboro divorce attorneys at Dotson & Taylor Attorneys at Law are experienced and knowledgeable in all aspects of family law and divorce. We understand divorce is personal and emotional, and the process raises many questions. Schedule a free confidential consultation with a member of our legal team, who will answer your questions and help you decide if divorce is the best solution for you and your spouse. Contact us today at 615-890-1982 or online.