When you married your spouse, you likely did not foresee yourself eventually getting a divorce. You may also struggle with the idea of ending your marriage and trying to restart your life as a single person.
Many of these fears and hesitations about the divorce process may stem from myths that surround getting a divorce. Here are a few common myths about divorce and why they are untrue.
1. Divorce is always contentious
Even if your divorce is amicable, there will likely still be emotional pain you must work through. But this does not necessarily mean the divorce process will be contentious. You and your spouse may be able to engage in alternative dispute resolution processes to resolve issues relating to child custody, spousal support and property division.
2. Divorce comes with a social stigma
Divorce is incredibly common, and many couples today decide to end their marriages. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2019 alone, 746,971 couples decided to annul their marriage or get a divorce.
3. Your divorce will need to go to court
A judge does not have to decide every issue related to ending your marriage. You may be able to negotiate many issues relating to your divorce outside of the court system.
The divorce process looks different for every couple. Continue to take care of yourself during the duration of the divorce process, so you can start to heal emotionally and make progress moving forward from this part of your life.