Despite the fact that divorce affects so many households every year, it's still one of the most widely misunderstood legal processes out there. Ask a handful of different people the same question about any aspect of divorce and you're sure to get just as many different answers. If you've been considering filing for divorce, it's important for you to know the actual facts behind this process. Here's a look at a few of the many things that your divorce lawyer can help you understand before you make your decisions.
Alimony Isn't Just For Women
There's an overwhelming misconception that the only person eligible for alimony in a divorce settlement is the former wife. For some reason, mainstream society has come to expect that only women receive alimony payments. The fact is that either spouse could be eligible for alimony. The purpose of alimony payments is to provide spousal support for the non-working or under-earning spouse of a marriage. This was historically the wife because many women were homemakers and stay-at-home moms. However, an increasing number of men have taken over the homemaking and childcare roles. As a result, alimony payments may also be ordered to be paid to men, not just women.
You Can Get A Divorce Even If Your Spouse Doesn't Agree
If you've never been exposed to the legal proceedings of a divorce, you may not realize that divorce does not require both spouses to agree. In fact, if your spouse has decided that they don't want the divorce, that has no bearing on your ability to continue to pursue one. When both parties in a divorce proceeding are unable to come to an agreement, the case typically goes to a judge to make the final ruling and determination. However, you are still able to obtain your divorce. It is important to note, however, that the process of obtaining a divorce when one party isn't cooperating will take much longer than it would if it were mutually agreed upon.
You Don't Have To Appear In Court
Some people hesitate to file for divorce because they don't have time for, or are uncomfortable with the concept of, appearing in court. If you are hesitant to file for your divorce because you don't want to appear in front of a judge, you are not alone. If you and your spouse can come to an agreement on your entire divorce settlement, and you both are willing to sign those settlement papers, you can work with a lawyer who will handle your appearance for you. In that situation, you will be able to obtain your divorce without having to personally appear in court.
Talk with your divorce lawyer today for more guidance and information.