Myth #2: Living together before marriage lowers the chance of divorce.
This fable's popularity may be connected to the fact that it makes sense.
Meaning: Litigation can be a long, drawn-out process, which can simultaneously heighten clashes and hike up charges, while mediation typically involves less time to reach a resolution, which translates to lower fees. Alimony is money that one spouse is legally obligated to pay the other, either over time or in one lump sum, agreed upon at the time of the divorce.
This could be a widely held belief because so many people think that mothers always get custody. Even if the mom is the child's primary caregiver throughout the marriage, both parents are "entitled to equal time with the kids," says Raso.
The best interest of the child also could preclude a mom from gaining custody, says Dr. If a judge doesn't deem that the mother meets the state's standards for being a fit parent, she won't be awarded primary custody.
And wouldn't you be more cautious about agreeing to tie the knot again?
Even though studies show slightly different rates, one thing's for sure—giving marriage another go definitely ups the chances of divorce.
to get divorced, but those statistics that get passed around make it seem like it's an almost inevitable consequence of getting married. So are your chances for a happily ever after really that mediocre? In fact, the divorce rate has been steadily decreasing since the 1980s, according to the National Marriage Project.
From that ominous 50% divorce rate to pre-wedding cohabitation's effect on marriage, read on as experts clarify the seven most popular misconceptions about splitting up. Whether you and your partner have been dating since childhood or had a whirlwind romance, chances are you've been (or will be) warned about the dreaded 50% statistic.
As nice as an extra paycheck in the mail sounds, not all divorces involve alimony.
As Raso explains, alimony is granted when one spouse, wife husband, is financially dependent on the other.
But alimony may not be granted even if the woman wasn't working during the marriage—if she has the skill set and physical ability to find a job that pays as well as her ex's.
A vocational expert, who considers factors like her age and educational background, determines what that salary is likely to be.
Doesn't shacking up before "I do" better prepare you to live with someone after the wedding?