This week, Stephanie Noronha explains the truth behind three common myths regarding divorce.
Myth #1: Adultery
It is a common myth that if one spouse commits adultery, they forfeit their right to any marital assets. This is not the case in Maryland, the only time the court considers adultery is when it is going through the multiple factors to determine if alimony is appropriate. It is true that adultery can impact the amount or duration of any alimony awarded.
Myth #2: Denial of Divorce
Another common myth is that one spouse can deny the other spouse a divorce. This is also not true, as long as they meet statutory requirements a spouse cannot be denied the right to seek a divorce from the other spouse.
Myth #3: Child Support
Finally, another common myth is about paying child support. Some people think that if the non-custodial parent is denied visitation rights by the custodial parent, then the non-custodial parent doesn’t have to pay child support. This is not the case; these two things are exclusive. There are other remedies that the non-custodial can seek with the court but the obligation to pay child support is continuing.
In conclusion, there are many myths about divorce. To understand the laws around divorce, you should talk to an experienced family law attorney.
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