Divorce isn’t an easy process, even if your settlement is relatively uncomplicated. To prepare for the smoothest possible road ahead, however, it’s wise to talk to an experienced Long Island divorce lawyer about your particular situation as soon as possible.
It also helps to know what some of the biggest myths about divorce are and how to overcome them. Here are three of the biggest myths many married people have heard – and information to prepare for the facts.
- MYTH: Your spouse’s bad behavior always affects the outcome of your divorce.
Finding out your spouse cheated on you or has been hiding a big personal secret can be devastating emotionally. In a no-fault divorce, however, you’ll still be expected to split the marital assets equitably. A fault-based divorce may take some kinds of spousal wrongdoing into account; talk to your lawyer about which is right for you.
- MYTH: Divorce is as simple as signing some paperwork.
Even the most amicable divorces require time and effort. You and your spouse will need to agree on how to separate the marital property, which may include items as diverse as real estate holdings and frequent flyer miles. The good news is that your attorney can help you make the process as easy as possible – and the sooner you and your attorney start working together, the better.
- MYTH: You should start hiding or hoarding assets.
Hiding or hoarding assets in the event of divorce is a bad idea. In New York and other states, courts take a dim view of spouses who attempt to hide assets from one another. Instead of giving in to the urge to start making withdrawals, gather all the financial paperwork you can find, so you have a record of what belongs to the marriage – and help ensure you get your fair and equitable share of the whole.
One thing is for certain, divorce is never a cookie-cutter arrangement. In order to protect your rights and best interests, and ensuring that your specific needs are met, get in touch with a reliable attorney who can guide you every step of the way. Call the Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, PC for a FREE consultation today – (516) 227-5353.