When it comes to a Pennsylvania divorce, there are many statements and opinions which most people believe to be fact. Like everything else, what you hear about divorce is not always true. People have opinions and read things online which they take to be true, but which are very often skewed or taken out of context. In today’s blog, your Western Pennsylvania divorce attorneys will provide you with the truth about many things people think about divorce.
1) 50% of marriages end in divorce. Not exactly. In fact, the divorce rate has been steadily decreasing since the 1980s, according to the National Marriage Project. Currently, a more accurate divorce rate for American marriages ranges from 40% to 50%. Rates for divorce are even lower in some demographics, for example, the more educated and the more financial stable a couple is, the less likely their marriage will end in divorce. In PA for example, for every 1,000 marriages, 7 end in divorce.
2) Divorce is incredibly expensive. Divorce litigation can be a long, drawn-out process, which can lead to high attorney’s fees, but every divorce case does not end up in court. Couples have the option to sign a Marital Settlement Agreement and to compromise during a Pennsylvania divorce mediation. These two options involve less time to reach a resolution, and therefore, less money spent by you. Our Pittsburgh divorce lawyers will work with you to come up with the best possible solution to your PA divorce.
3) All ex-wives get alimony. This is certainly not true. Alimony is granted when one spouse, wife or husband, is financially dependent on the other. But alimony may not be granted if a woman has the skill set, training, and physical ability to find a job that pays as well as her ex’s, even if the woman wasn’t working during the marriage. In this case, alimony may be granted temporarily, until the woman finds a job.
4) The mother always gets custody of the children. Though people tend to believe this, both parents have the same right to be granted custody of their child, and mothers will not automatically be granted child custody in Pennsylvania. Even if the mother was the primary caregiver throughout the marriage, both parents are entitled to spend equal time with the kids. The court will make its custody decision based on what it deems is in the best interest of the child/children.
5) People assume that the US has the world’s highest divorce rate, but in fact this is not true. Though the US is in the top-ten list, the American divorce rate is not the highest. The truth is that the US has the world’s sixth-highest divorce rate. Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova and the Cayman Islands take the top five spots.
For more information about divorce, and specifically about the process of divorce in Pennsylvania, contact our Pittsburgh divorce attorneys at Lisa Marie Vari & Associates.