If you are considering divorce, you may be wondering if there are any alternatives to the traditional process. In Tennessee, there are a few different options available to couples who want to end their marriage. These alternatives can often help couples save time and money, and they may even be less stressful than going through a traditional divorce.
Some of the most common alternatives to traditional divorce in Tennessee include:
- Collaborative Divorce: This is a process where both spouses work with their own attorneys to reach an agreement on all aspects of the divorce, without going to court.
- Mediation: This is a process where both spouses meet with a neutral mediator to try to reach an agreement on all aspects of the divorce. If an agreement is reached, the mediator will help to draft a divorce settlement.
- An Uncontested Divorce: This is a process where both spouses agree on all aspects of the divorce, and they do not need to go to court. The couple can file for an uncontested divorce themselves, or they can hire an attorney to help them with the process.
- Legal Separation: This is a process where the spouses remain married but decide to live separately, divide up property during their separation, provide for alimony and other financial responsibilities during the separation, and to provide health insurance coverage to the other spouse during the legal separation.
- Postnuptial Agreements: This is basically an agreement that you and your spouse enter into after you are married, which dictates what will happen in the event you divorce your Spouse. Unlike Prenuptial Agreements, these Agreements are scrutinized closely by the Courts, because of the issue of what is being given in exchange between the spouses who are entering into the postnuptial agreement. In prenuptial agreements, the marriage to each other, including jewelry (wedding rings) is what is given in exchange for the two choosing to enter into the prenuptial agreement.
If you are considering any of these alternatives to traditional divorce in Tennessee, it is important to speak with an experienced law firm. We can help you understand your specific situation and advise you on which alternative may be best for you. Contact us today to learn more by calling 615-970-6448.
What is a Legal Separation?
In Tennessee, a legal separation is an option for couples who want to live separately but are not ready to divorce. A legal separation allows couples to resolve all of the same issues that would be resolved in a divorce, including child custody, child support, and division of property. However, unlike a divorce, a legal separation does not terminate the marriage. If you are considering a legal separation in Tennessee, it is important to speak with an experienced law firm. If once you have a legal separation signed by the judge, and you and your spouse live apart for at least two consecutive years, and you were the one that asked the court to sign the legal separation agreement, you can get a divorce on these grounds.
Can a Lawyer Help Me With My Options?
If you are considering a divorce, it is important to understand all of your options. You may be able to negotiate an agreement with your spouse without going to court. However, if you need help negotiating or you want someone to represent you in court, you should speak with a lawyer. A lawyer can explain the law and help you protect your rights.
Is It Worth Hiring a Divorce Attorney?
The notion of hiring a divorce attorney can be offputting. However, if your divorce is complex or you are facing difficult challenges, such as child custody or property division, an attorney can be worth the cost. You should speak with a lawyer to discuss your specific situation and find out whether hiring an attorney is right for you. Contact us today to learn more by calling 615-970-6448.