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California family law advice from friends may not prove reliable

The majority of California residents know someone who has gone through divorce. As a result, when individuals decide to end their own marriages, it is not uncommon for already divorced parties to attempt to offer advice. However, people may wish to remember that not all information they gain about family law issues is correct, and some common myths are often believed.

For instance, many individuals may believe that a drawn-out court battle is inevitable. This is not necessarily the case. The time it takes to complete proceedings depends heavily on the specific circumstances involved. If couples are able to work amicably together, they may find mediation or collaborative law methods to be viable options and skip courtroom litigation altogether.

Another common misconception relates to property division. Some parties may think that because a spouse's name is not specifically on an asset, then he or she has no claim to it. Banking on that information may not be wise as most marital property will be up for division regardless of who bought the item. Therefore, parties may wish to determine what steps may help them maintain ownership of desired property.

Though parties may appreciate the stories and advice given by friends and loved ones, individuals may not want to rely too heavily on that advice. Rather, California residents looking for more information on divorce may wish to speak with legal professionals. Experienced family law attorneys could review the circumstances of each case and provide specific legal insight that divorcing parties may find beneficial as they prepare for their proceedings.

Source: The Huffington Post, "6 Prevalent Myths You'll Hear About Divorce", Andy Calloway, Aug. 9, 2017

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