Date: 2 February 2017

Divorce – a myth buster

No-one wants to get divorced, but I am sure you will have all heard the statistics that get passed around which make it seem as if it is an almost inevitable consequence of getting married. Fear not blushing brides or grooms to be, in this case the truth is definitely less scary than the fiction. Read on as we clarify the most popular misconceptions about splitting up…

Myth 1 – 1 in 2 marriages end in divorce

Fact – according to statistics divorce rates have fallen to their lowest level for 40 years amid signs that the growing acceptance of couples living together before getting married has ultimately strengthened marriage. The most recent figures from the Office for National Statistics show that 130,473 couples divorced across the UK in a year – down almost 3%

Myth 2 – second marriages are more likely to survive than first ones

Fact – it makes sense that people’s second marriages are more likely to survive, right? After all you’ve been through it once so you’re much more experienced for the second time around. Wrong. Roughly 67% to 80% of second marriages end in divorce, while third marriages crumble at an even higher rate

Myth 3 – the mother always gets custody of the children

Fact – this could be a widely held belief because so many people think that children should always live with mother. Legally, though, that is not the case. Even if the mother is the child’s primary carer throughout the marriage, both parents have equal parental responsibility rights

Myth 4 – you have to give up everything if you commit adultery

Fact – will cheating on your husband or wife lead to divorce? Maybe. Will being unfaithful mean that you will lose your kids, your home, your assets, and your rights? Definitely not. Being cheated on does not mean you receive a greater share of the assets

Myth 5 – a spouse can deny their partner a divorce

Fact – in the olden days, one spouse could make it all but impossible for the other to end the marriage. For a variety of reasons scorned spouses in years gone by showed no end of ingenuity in ways to trap their partners in dead marriages. Nowadays however if you do not want to stay married, you cannot be forced to

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