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Don't believe these common divorce myths

It is easy to find out information on ending a marriage from friends, relatives or even movies. However, finding accurate information may be much more difficult. This is because myths about divorce are a common problem in Texas, and they may make it more difficult to make fully informed decisions during the process.

One of the biggest myths is that filing for divorce will put an immediate end to marital problems. A person might anticipate that the fighting and constant stress of an unhappy marriage will dissipate, but this is often not the case. Divorce is an emotional process that can take a toll on people, even when ending a marriage is the best decision for everyone involved. From fighting over property division to disagreements regarding child support, there are plenty of opportunities for stress and fighting to survive through the divorce process.

There are two other popular myths that are problematic for men. It is often presumed that mothers will receive primary custody of children no matter what, and that men will always be responsible for paying alimony to their ex-wives. But gender is not a factor in these decisions. Child custody is based on the best interests of the child, while alimony is largely based on income.

It is easy to buy into divorce myths, especially when they are repeated again and again by other people. Still, it is important to sort fact from fiction when divorcing. When a person makes decisions based on myths, unintended outcomes are a real possibility. Instead, someone who is going through a divorce may want to speak with a Texas attorney about the realities of what happens during this process.

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