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Don't let these myths influence your divorce decision

TV shows and movies have not exactly done an excellent job of accurately depicting family law issues. This results in many people in Oregon having distorted ideas of what will happen once they actually file for divorce. In some instances, people even put off ending a bad marriage because they believe certain untruths.

When divorcing an unfaithful spouse, it is commonly believed that the offending party will not be entitled to any of the marital assets. Aside from many people believing that a cheating partner will not be eligible to keep the family home or any marital assets, they are often depicted as losing access to their children. Realistically, this is simply not the case. An unfaithful partner might otherwise be an exceedingly attentive parent, and a single transgression does not make anyone ineligible to receive their equal share of marital assets.

Child custody is an issue that tends to affect men more than women. Mothers are usually depicted as the obvious choice for the primary custodian of children. In movies and shows, this is often shown without the parents or the judge giving any real consideration to the child's best interests and is portrayed more as a natural consequence of divorce. Evolving divorce laws that reflect modern-day families are much more intent on ensuring the continued stability and best interests of children affected by divorce, making both fathers and mothers just as likely to receive primary custody.

These are far from the only two myths that circulate around divorce, but are common issues with which people struggle. Family law in Oregon is fairly clear on these types of matters. Rather than one person prevailing over another, both parties can expect to be treated fairly.

Source: The Huffington Post, "12 Top Divorce Myths", Daniel Clement, May 24, 2016

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