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divorceWhen it comes to divorce, there can be a lot of confusion around how it works, the legalities of it and how it affects you in the long run. Some of this confusion can be attributed to the difference in laws between states, some can be contributed to the portrayal of divorce in movies and television, but much of the confusion surrounding divorce is because no two divorces are the same. Stories that you hear about other people and their divorces can be misleading because much like people, no two divorces are the same. Allowing yourself to be consumed by divorce myths can be detrimental to your divorce success. Here are four common divorce myths and the realities behind them.

If You Cheat, You Will Suffer in the Divorce

The notion that adulterers lose in a divorce is an antiquated one. While cheating brings about many types of issues and can be emotionally damaging, Illinois does not recognize cheating as grounds for making decisions about divorce-related matters. The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act states that one of the purposes of the Act was to “eliminate the consideration of marital misconduct in the adjudication of rights and duties incident to dissolution of marriage.”

Mothers Always Get Custody of the Children

This myth is also antiquated. In Illinois divorces, the mother does not automatically get custody of the children. Courts prefer children to be raised by both parents and will usually only award the majority or all parenting responsibilities when it would not be pertinent or in the best interest of the children to award parenting responsibilities to both parents.

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divorce grounds, Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawer,Sadly, marriages do not always work out. According to the most recent statistics, between 45 percent and 50 percent of first-time marriages end in divorce. While some relationships face troubles from the start — troubles that are often complicated by the marriage process — other marriages develop problems later on. Whatever the reason, many Americans find themselves making the decision to file for divorce. Splitting up a marriage, however, comes with a lot of legal work, including determining what the legal grounds for divorce will be, that can seem daunting for those who are not familiar with the process.

Understanding the justifiable legal grounds for divorce is the first step in ending a marriage. Like all difficult life changes, having a network of support can make a world of difference.

Just as people can benefit from emotional solace from friends and family during a divorce, so too can an attorney provide the legal support that is sometimes necessary. Even though some choose to face the legal task of ending a marriage on their own, those who are inexperienced can find a major challenge in navigating the legal work and intricacies of the law.

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The Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, P.C.

630-409-8184

1444 North Farnsworth Avenue, Suite 307, Aurora, IL 60505

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