Divorce Misconceptions: Don’t be fooled by divorce myths!
People who watch too much Law and Order or other TV show seem to think they know it all about law and divorce. But they’re wrong! Don’t ever believe any of these myths.
- Moms always get custody of children. Actually, Family Code 3020(b) states,” The Legislature finds and declares that it is the public policy of this state to ensure that children have frequent and continuing contact with both parents after the parents have separated or dissolved their marriage….”
- You don’t need to pay child support if you share custody. California’s child support algebraic formula is found under CA Family Code 4055. Even if you share custody, you may have to pay support if your income is greater than the other side.
- Men will never get alimony. California’s spousal support law is found in CA Family Code 4320, for temporary, it’s California Family Code � 3600. Generally_. The law isn’t sexist. A woman may very well have to pay her husband alimony.
- Community property means I get 50/50 of everything! Actually, California community property law states that all property acquired before marriage and after the date of separation is NOT community. (That means this lottery ticket, sucker!) What was PRIOR to the marriage is NOT community. In addition, there are certain reimbursement statutes which apply.
- If I never worked, I will get alimony. Hahahahahahahaha. Keep believing that. It’s funny.
- If I am married for over 10 years, I’ll get alimony for life. Also very funny.
If you are seeking a divorce, the best thing to do is to pay for a consult with an experienced attorney. They will be able to help you navigate the law.