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Correct information about divorce could help California residents

Going through divorce may be particularly difficult for California residents who do not have the correct information about what to expect from divorce proceedings. Because many stereotypes pertaining to divorce are often believed to be the norm, parties may find themselves struggling when it comes to their own cases. For instance, some individuals may believe that mothers are always granted custody of children or that women always receive spousal support, and that information is not true.

When it comes to child custody, there are many factors that can come into play. Considering the best interests of the children involved is one aspect that holds a substantial amount of weight when custody is being awarded. If one parent is seen as being more fit than the other -- regardless of gender -- the more capable parent may gain primary custody. Another misconception regarding custody is that children have the ability to choose the parent with whom they would like to live, but judges do not necessarily have to adhere to those wishes. 

For spousal support, there are also factors to consider that may lead to either party being awarded alimony. Income levels of both parties will be examined, as well as other economic aspects, and those facts can heavily influence the awarding of alimony. If it happens that a woman is in a better financial situation than a man, the man may then be awarded support.. 

If individuals enter into a divorce case with preconceived notions that are not be true, they could be setting themselves up for a long and difficult process. Therefore, California residents considering divorce may want to ensure that the information they have is reliable. Discussing cases with experienced attorneys may help parties feel more confident in the knowledge they gain about divorce.

Source: The Huffington Post, "12 Top Divorce Myths", Daniel Clement, May 24, 2016

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