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5 myths and facts about divorce

On Behalf of | Dec 7, 2022 | Divorce Mediation

Divorce isn’t as taboo as it was in the past. Between 2015 and 2017, about 73 percent of adults felt that divorce is morally acceptable. 

However, some couples are reluctant to seek a divorce due to various cultural or personal beliefs. Below are five myths and facts surrounding divorce.

Identifying the facts 

Myth: Every divorce gets settled in court.

Fact: Not all divorces go to trial. In fact, many couples deal with their disputes through mediation or settlement. Besides, some divorcing couples do everything possible to avoid going to court since it’s very expensive.

Myth: My spouse and I have to file for separation before we divorce in Tennessee. 

Fact: Tennessee divorce law does not require separation before divorce. Nevertheless, if you’ve been separated for two years and have no children, you can use that as a reason for divorce.

Myth: Having a baby eases tensions between adults considering divorce.

Fact: Bringing a baby into a household of fighting parents wouldn’t be healthy for them. Furthermore, the stress of raising a newborn will likely increase the strain that already exists between you and your spouse.

Myth: Getting a divorce means that I’ll always be unhappy.

Fact: While divorcing your spouse isn’t an easy situation to deal with, it doesn’t doom you to never-ending unhappiness. You can cope better by speaking with a good friend or a divorce counselor.

Myth: Once my spouse and I divorce, we’ll be hostile enemies forever.

Fact: Save for extreme antagonistic cases, not all divorced couples become bitter enemies. Some of them remain on friendly terms with each other as they move on with their lives.

Divorce is something most couples would want to avoid. But staying in an unhappy or toxic marriage doesn’t do anyone any favors. If you and your spouse feel that divorce is best for your circumstances, it’s wise to seek legal guidance.