Divorce is not all that uncommon, so it is easy to see why some New York residents might be hanging on to outdated information. The reality is simply that divorce is changing. Long-held beliefs about family law, the divorce rate and whether unhappy parents should stick it out are usually no longer relevant. Consider some of the following divorce information.
There are a lot of misconceptions about prenuptial agreements. One of those misconceptions is that prenups are only for the very wealthy or for those who have a number of assets to protect. Another is that couples only sign prenups when they anticipate getting divorced. Neither of these are true. In family law, prenuptial agreements are helpful planning tools for virtually all couples in New York.
It is not uncommon for a person to pay spousal support to his or her ex-spouse after a divorce. Indeed, spousal support is very important to the financial security of a spouse who either earned less or stayed home to care for children. Unfortunately, recent changes to the tax laws affected family law and created a situation where payers might end up paying less while receiving fewer tax benefits. Those tax benefits can be found elsewhere in certain situations.
Despite the increasingly active roles that dads play in the lives of their children, popular entertainment media still tends to portray fathers as incompetent when it comes to child rearing. This is hardly the case for many New York fathers, but the perception of fathers as less caring persists. These biases also show up in family law. In many instances, fathers believe they are treated unfairly in terms of child custody.
One of the biggest issues women worry about after divorce is their finances. This is a valid concern that can make it difficult for some women in New York to pursue divorce, even when it is otherwise the best option for their situation. However, no one should put off ending an unhappy marriage because of financial worries. Here are a few things to keep in mind when dealing with this sensitive family law matter.
Ending a marriage is not easy. There are often painful emotions, complex logistical elements and a confusing legal system to navigate, which can be overwhelming. This can be especially true when it comes to the financial elements of divorce, like property division.