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Not sure what to believe about divorce? Ignore these 3 myths

On Behalf of | May 15, 2018 | Divorce |

If you are contemplating divorce in Naperville and have discussed it with your friends, do not be alarmed at all the unsolicited advice you might receive regarding the matter. Though your friends and family may mean well, you must not believe everything you hear about divorce. 

Before you move forward with your decision and file the necessary paperwork, you must know the facts about divorce. There is a lot of misinformation that could cause you to compromise yourself during the proceedings. Here are a few divorce myths you should ignore: 

Mothers always get custody 

That may have been true in the past, but times are changing. The law and society now recognize how beneficial it is for fathers to parent their children, too. If you and your spouse cannot come to terms with child custody and visitation or parenting time on your own, the courts will issue a ruling that is in your children’s best interests. 

My spouse cannot touch my retirement and pensions 

Do not fool yourself into thinking that your retirement accounts and pension funds are safe from divorce. They might not be. Though they are in your name, and some of them you may have had since before your marriage, there is still the possibility of your retirement and pension funds becoming a spoil of divorce. Marital assets are anything you acquired during your marriage and must be split fairly. This includes portions of pensions and retirement accounts that accrued before the divorce. 

Rushing is the fastest way for it to be over 

Divorce is not a situation anyone wants to be in. However, that does not mean they should ignore the ramifications of the decisions they make during the process. During separation, it is up to you to look out for your best interests. That includes taking the time to carefully consider everything that is on the table and making sound judgments to keep you from being at your spouse’s and the court’s mercy.