Divorce has been stigmatized as a result of a number of myths and misconceptions, typically perpetuated by the public. If you’re filing for divorce, it’s important that you have a firm understanding of the process and the reality of what a divorce actually entails. In this blog, our Illinois divorce attorney explains the most common divorce misconceptions.
It’s Always Expensive
It’s true that divorce can be costly, but that isn’t to say it has to be. Many divorcing couples go through what’s referred to as an uncontested divorce. These types of divorces are extremely beneficial for couples who agree on most, if not all, of the terms of their divorce – it’s faster, easier, and less expensive.
Property is Always Divided Equally
Illinois is considered an “equitable distribution” state, which means property will be divided in a way that is fair and just as opposed to equally. When determining what a fair division is, the court will consider homemaking contributions, length of marriage, debt obligations, and each spouse’s contribution to the marital estate.
Women Are Always Awarded Custody
Courts will always prioritize what is in the best interest of the child. The idea that mothers are automatically awarded child custody is an antiquated concept and courts will place the child’s quality of life over the parent’s gender.
Ex-Husbands Are Stuck Paying for Support
Courts will order one spouse to pay spousal support or maintenance when the other is in need of financial assistance. Traditionally, women have been on the receiving end of alimony because their husbands were the breadwinners of the household. Since then, women have been bringing a fair amount of income and it’s becoming more common for divorcing husbands to ask the court to order their wives to pay alimony.
If you’re in need of an Illinois divorce attorney, look no further than Wakenight & Associates, P.C. We have more than 50 years of combined legal experience and we’re happy to be your legal advocate. Call (888) 351-2843 or contact us online to request a free consultation.