Here is some information about divorce in Tennessee that you need to know!
Divorce Requires a Legal Process
In order to make your divorce legal, you must go through a legal proceeding in order to finalize your divorce. The legal proceeding is even necessary if you and your spouse reach an agreement regarding all the issues, such as spousal support, the division of marital assets and debts, and child custody, child visitation, and child support. The legal proceeding begins with the filing of a Complaint for Divorce, Separation, or Annulment and ends with the Complaint being dismissed, granted, or denied.
Divorce Involves More Than Just Ending the Marriage
The goal of the legal proceeding during a divorce is to end the marriage and decide child custody, child visitation, child support, alimony (sometimes called spousal support or maintenance), division of assets, division of debt, who is responsible for attorney's fees, and who is responsible for court costs. A judgment can be based on an agreement between you and your ex-spouse or result from a contested trial. An agreement is usually less traumatic for you and your children, and less expensive than a contested trial. Thus, it is without surprise that most cases are resolved without a trial.
Your Divorce Process Will Depend on Your Unique Situation
In Tennessee, divorce cases are handled by the Circuit and Chancery courts. The divorce process in addition to how long the process takes varies from case to case. The length of your divorce proceeding and the type of divorce you choose to pursue will vary depending on what you and your spouse disagree about and how well you are able to work together to reach a resolution. This will also affect the costs incurred during your divorce. Thus, your divorce process, cost, and length may vary greatly from your friend's divorce.
If you would like a more thorough understanding of what your divorce process will likely entail, please feel free to schedule a Divorce Planning Session with me by giving my office a call at (901) 315-0559 or by visiting us online at www.YourPerfectLawyer.com.
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