Divorce & Custody
The dissolving of a marriage can be an extremely emotional time for families. We realize that the decision to divorce is a difficult one and can also be scary to think of custody issues if children are involved. Every situation is unique and we will sit with you to hear your story so that we can guide you in the best direction.
What to Expect
No matter where you are in the process – whether you’re just considering your options for a divorce / change in custody or if you are farther along in your separation, the initial consultation can provide you with guidance to know if there are options that you could consider.
It’s amazing how a little tomorrow can make up for a whole lot of yesterday.
This depends on many factors, but there is also a “cooling off” period that is mandatory in Tennessee. With no children, the quickest your divorce can be completed is 60 days. With minor children, the quickest your divorce can be completed is 90 days.
Our courts suggest that every couple attends a mediation in order to settle a case in a more peaceful manner than a trial. In addition, if the couple has minor children, every parent must attend a parenting class before a divorce can be finalized.
Technically you can proceed in an agreed divorce without the assistance of counsel by filling out paperwork at the Clerk’s office. However, we always recommend at minimum, having an initial consultation with a lawyer to ensure that nothing is missed. Since lawyers are experienced in drawing up lawsuits like divorce commonly, he or she might think of things you wouldn’t have considered which will protect you down the road.