1. Myth: Filing for divorce means I will have to go to court.
Reality: Although the process for filing a divorce goes through the court system, it is possible to get divorced without having to go to court. Whether your divorce will need to be heard in a courtroom will depend on several factors, including the issues at stake and whether you and your spouse are in agreement on those issues.
2. Myth: If we were married in another state, we have to get divorced in that state.
Reality: If either you or your spouse has been a Michigan resident for at least six months, you can file for divorce here.
3. Myth: Mothers always get custody of children in a divorce.
Reality: When a child's welfare is involved, the primary goal is to find a parenting time and custody arrangement that is in the child's best interest. This does not always mean the mother is given primary or sole custody. Custody may be joint (shared) if doing so is in the child's best interest.
4. Myth: My request for a divorce might be denied.
Reality: In a divorce proceeding, the goal is to come to consensus about how to end the marriage and divide assets in a way that is fair to both spouses. In some cases, both parties agree on everything and the divorce happens quickly. In other divorces, the process of coming to an agreement takes longer, but your divorce will ultimately happen; it cannot be denied by your spouse or the court.
Divorce does not have to be frightening! If you are considering divorce, contact an experienced, knowledgeable family law attorney who can help advocate for your rights and help make the process as easy as possible.