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Common myths about the legal aspects of a divorce might not actually have any bearing on the divorce proceedings. Here are 3 divorce myths that just aren’t true, and what to do if you and your spouse are considering divorce or are in the midst of dissolving your marriage.

1. If You’re a Mom, You’ll Probably Get Custody

In the past, mothers were almost exclusively given custody of the children in a divorce. The belief was that mothers contributed heavily to child rearing and were in the best position to do so. This is simply not true, and New Jersey courts have recognized that both parents are equally able to adequately provide for a child. The court will now evaluate several factors to determine what type of custody arrangement would be in the best interest of the child. This is usually some type of shared custody arrangement, except in circumstances where one parent has been violent or abusive or is shown to be unable to adequately care for the child.

2. You Should Hide Your Assets to Keep Them From Being Divided

Some people mistakenly believe that it is a good idea to hide assets before getting divorced, so those assets won’t be divided with other property. Hiding assets in a divorce is called fraud, and it’s treated seriously by the court system. You will face significant penalties if you do not disclose all of your assets during a divorce.

3. You Will Get More In Your Divorce If Your Spouse Cheated

It is a common misconception that a spouse who was cheated on will be given more property or spousal support in a divorce. Even though the spouse who was cheated on feels deeply wronged, the reality is that legally speaking, cheating doesn’t make a big difference as to what one spouse gets vs. what the other spouse gets once property and assets are divided.

Contact a Divorce Lawyer Today

If you and your spouse are considering your options regarding a divorce or already involved in a divorce, it’s important that you have adequate legal representation and guidance throughout the complex divorce process. Contact Rita T. Jerejian today to learn more about your legal rights and what the next step will be, and to obtain passionate advocacy for your best interests as your marriage dissolves. Call now at (201) 489-7714 for a consultation to discuss your legal needs.