May 10, 2015
Ending a marriage can be a difficult decision to make. However, when people have come to terms with this choice and have decided that divorce is necessary, understanding the facts about divorce will be essential to:
Knowing what to expect from the process
- Mitigating the possible risks and/or challenges moving forward
- Realizing the best possible outcomes from the divorce process.
Unfortunately, however, there are a lot of misconceptions out there about divorce, and buying into these divorce myths could end up costing you a lot more money, time and stress in the long run. To shed some light on this topic, this blog series will focus on dispelling some of the most common and costly divorce myths.
While this discussion regarding divorce myths and facts points out some insightful info, contact a trusted Littleton divorce lawyer at Bahr & Kreidle when you need the best representation in a Colorado divorce.
Have You Heard Any of these Common & Costly Divorce Myths?
Myth 1 – I signed a prenup, so I won’t get anything in the divorce.
Fact – This is just plain wrong! While prenups can prevent divorcing parties from having claim to certain assets – such as business assets, family heirlooms and/or real property, it’s crucial for those who have signed prenups and are headed for divorce to understand that:
- Not all prenups are valid, and it may be in their best interests to challenge the legitimacy of a prenuptial agreement.
- Even if prenups are valid, they cannot dictate the terms of things like child support and/or child custody; in the event they do, the court can throw out these provisions.
- Having the representation of an experienced attorney in divorce cases that involve prenups can be essential to ensuring that final divorce decrees or settlements are equitable.
Myth 2 – Spousal support is always granted in divorce.
Fact – This is, again, plain wrong. Spousal support (or alimony) is not a given in divorce cases, and simply requesting it doesn’t mean you’ll get it. In fact, when disputes arise over spousal support awards and the courts are called in to resolve the matter, they will typically use a specific formula to determine:
- Whether the requesting party is eligible for spousal maintenance
- How much spousal maintenance should be (if the requester is eligible)
- How long these payments should continue.
So, if a lower earning spouse has income from other sources (such as from a new partner, benefits, etc.), this could impact his or her eligibility for spousal maintenance.
We’ll continue revealing the facts behind some common divorce myths in the upcoming second and third parts of this blog series that will be posted soon – be sure to check them out! And, in the meantime, share your thoughts about these divorce myths and facts with us on social media – we want to hear from you!
Littleton Divorce Lawyer at Bahr & Kreidle
Are you ready to move forward with a divorce? If so, it’s time to contact an experienced Littleton divorce lawyer at Bahr & Kreidle.
To find out more about how we can help you, let’s meet for a free, no obligations initial consultation. You can set up this meeting by calling us at (303) 794-7422 or emailing us using the form on this page.
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