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Divorce presents many obstacles such as possible contentious litigation, the uncertainty of child custody and support, and potentially high legal costs. However, in rare cases, a spouse makes divorce really hard by simply...disappearing. On top of everything else, you have to add a "Where's Waldo?" game to your list of divorce "to-dos." And unlike "Where's Waldo?" finding your spouse isn't as much fun.
If divorce mediation were sold like a product in a commercial, the product benefits would claim to calm even the angriest spouses. Fortunately, this "product" actually delivers upon its intended benefits in most divorce cases. That's why most counties require mediation before you ever step into court. And, the majority of divorce cases end up settled by mediation with the help of an attorney on your side. As a result, this process has an extremely high rate of success.
Many myths about divorce circulate as truth—to the point that many people assume outcomes ahead of time that just aren’t true. The most damaging myths pertain to assumptions about finances and supposed biases that judges and courts will hold against the other spouse. Here are three particularly damaging myths that we often hear as we help our clients.