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Oh So Common Divorce Myths

If you are considering, are moving toward, or are in the middle of a divorce, you no doubt have some preconceived notions about divorce in general. While much of what you know may be useful, some of it may actually be myth-based. Movies, television shows, and urban legends alike help cement divorce myths that just seem to gain traction and hang on. Don’t be fooled by the divorce myths out there; turn to an experienced Fort Hood divorce attorney for the professional legal guidance that you need. (Even the Simplest Divorce Can Benefit from an Experienced Divorce Attorney)

I Bought It, So It Is Mine

When you are married, anything that either of you buys is considered marital property – regardless of who makes the purchase, how it is titled, or anything else (with very few exceptions). Marital property is divided equitably – or fairly – in the event of divorce.

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I Can Ask the Court for a Legal Separation

While legal separations can help some couples find the space they need to either reconcile or move forward toward a more amicable divorce, the State of Texas does not recognize legal separations. In Texas, you are either married or divorced, and there is no in-between. There are, however, steps you can take that mimic a legal separation, and an experienced divorce attorney can help you with this.

If My Ex Refuses to Pay Child Support, I Can Keep the Kids from Him or Her

Child support and visitation are entirely separate matters that are kept separate for two very good reasons that include:

  • Children deserve to be financially supported by both of their parents.

  • Children deserve to continue growing their relationships with both of their parents.

While the parent who has the children the majority of the time usually receives child support from the other parent, this is a matter of balancing both parents’ financial responsibilities. If your ex fails to pay you the child support that he or she owes you, you will need to address the matter with the court, but fixing a wrong with another wrong (denying visitation) is not going to cut it.

My Kids Do Not Have to Visit Their Other Parent if They Choose Not to

If there is a court order granting your ex visitation with your children, your children’s opinion on the matter does not alter the fact that you are legally obligated to support the visitation (in your actions if not in your private thoughts). The law does not consider children mature enough to make important decisions of this nature on their own behalf, which is why the court looks to you and your children’s other parent to make the visitation schedule a reality.

You Need an Experienced Fort Hood Divorce Attorney in Your Corner

Give common divorce myths a pass by working closely with attorney Brett Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in Fort Hood, Texas. Mr. Pritchard is a well-respected divorce attorney who recognizes your concerns and has the legal insight to help. Your case is important, so please do not hesitate to contact us online or call us at 254-501-4040 today.

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