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Reliable info may make difference in New York divorce cases

When a New York resident faces any significant life change, others may step in to offer what they believe are words of wisdom. Of course, not all advice is reliable, and when individuals are going through divorce, it may be wise to explore legal options rather than simply accepting the words of a friend or family member. Ensuring the reliability of information may be especially important due to common misconceptions surrounding divorce.

One mistaken belief that many people may have relates to who will get the house when it comes time to divide property. Often, one party will move out of the residence when the decision to divorce has come about. When this happens, the person who remains in the home may think that the other party has given up his or her rights to the property. However, this is not the case, and the home will likely still be considered a marital asset.

Another misconception some individuals may have relates to child custody. Because weekdays with their mother and weekends with their father is a common custody arrangement, some parties may think this is the only arrangement. Actually, the terms of custody arrangements and time spent with each parent can differ substantially, depending on the circumstances of each case.

Not having the right information may make New York residents even more apprehensive about their divorce proceedings. While some parties may feel that their friends and family are offering comfort with their advice, their circumstances may have been completely different. Therefore, concerned parties may wish to speak with legal professionals to ensure that the knowledge they gain is reliable.

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

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