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Debunking 4 common divorce myths

There are numerous myths out there about divorce. One of the most common is that half of all marriages end in divorce. This has been around in some form for several decades. In actuality, the divorce rate has decreased throughout the United States and hit a new low in 2016. 

Divorce still happens all the time, and couples need to go about the process wisely. This involves going into the process informed and separating fact from fiction. 

Myth #1: Couples end up hating each other after the divorce finishes

People divorce for a number of reasons. In many cases, the spouses do not necessarily hate each other, but they recognize the marriage no longer works. Divorces themselves can become ugly, but again, many times the couple knows how to separate everything amicably. A couple that does have problems should seek out mediation prior to the court date to resolve certain issues beforehand. 

Myth #2: Divorces are expensive

Between attorney fees and needing to potentially pay alimony, most people assume divorces are expensive to go through. They certainly cost money, but in many cases, they are fairly cost-effective. Affordable packages are available, and cooperation helps bring down some of the costs. 

Myth #3: Men are more likely to initiate divorce proceedings

In reality, women are more likely to bring up divorce. Some reports state that nearly two-thirds of divorces are a result of the woman bringing it up. 

Myth #4: Divorces take forever to get through

While it is true some divorces can take over a year to complete, the truth is most couples can get through it within a few weeks or months. It can take long if a couple thinks it may reconcile at some point. In that case, the couple is purposely delaying the divorce to try to salvage the marriage. In most cases, it takes a few months to go through a divorce as long as the couple can agree on most terms. 

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