Divorce is often a complicated process, and when you consider ending your marriage, it is natural to feel overwhelmed with stories and advice from a range of sources. A significant portion of that advice is incorrect or exaggerated, though, and if you are considering divorcing your spouse, it is important to get advice from a reputable source.
An experienced Queens divorce attorney is one of the best places to start if you are ending your marriage. The Elliot Green Law Offices handles a range of family law matters including divorce.
We are available 24 hours per day, and we can help you avoid making mistakes that could compromise your interests. Call us today at 718-260-8668 to schedule an appointment to discuss your concerns.
Here are three common myths that we hear from individuals planning to divorce for the first time:
- Divorce Harms Children
Divorce is not an easy process for anyone involved, and it will cause stress for all members of the family—including children. Most experts agree that it is not the divorce process that harms the children, though, but the fighting and conflict between the parents both before and after the separation occurs.
Children generally cannot handle a significant amount of stress in a healthy manner, and it is important to try to shield them from too much exposure to the trauma and conflict of the divorce. Parents sometimes place children in the middle of the conflict, which is when most harm occurs.
If you make an effort not to involve your children in the process, the divorce may not cause them unnecessary harm. Many experts believe that in some cases, divorce can actually lead to a more productive life for children because they are not facing constant fighting and tension in their homes.
- Half of All Marriages End in Divorce
Most people have heard the statistic that one in two marriages ends in divorce, but according to PsychCentral, this is incorrect. This statistic came about after researchers in the 1970s made projections about the number of potential marriages, and experts point out that much has changed over the last 40 years.
Recent statistics suggest that the divorce rate is actually falling. Last year, the New York Times reported that approximately 70 percent of marriages started in the 1990s lasted at least 15 years. Researchers also found that as couples marry later in life, the divorce rate around the country falls.
- Second Marriages Usually End in Divorce
According to statistics from TIME, this may be true, but new marriage and separation trends are challenging how we perceive and quantify marriage. Many couples are now choosing to live apart but remain together or subscribe to notions like conscious uncoupling.
If you are considering divorce, contact Elliot Green Law Offices for advice at 718-260-8668. An experienced Staten Island family lawyer can look through your case and guide you through the process.