Handling Marital Debt

Property division isn’t just about the assets you and your spouse accumulate over the life of your marriage—it’s also about the debt you’ve taken on. Marital debt is considered jointly held property—the same as any other real property, account, bitcoin, investment, or valuables you own. Because of that, these obligations are subject to the same rules of equitable distribution, upon divorce.  But what happens if

Equitable Distribution

Splitting one life into two is a stressful, time-consuming process—especially when it comes to dividing marital property.  Tennessee couples live in an equitable distribution state. This means that when you get divorced, your judge will be more focused on finding the outcome that is fairest to both sides, not what’s equal.  In other words: your property division probably won’t be fifty-fifty.  To find out why,

What is Mediation?

Contrary to what Hollywood tells us, you don’t actually need the whole courtroom, judge, and gavel routine, in order to get a divorce. In fact, not only is it completely unnecessary to sit through a full trial, but traditional litigation is actually one of the worst ways you can get dissolve your marriage. Instead of choosing an expensive, toxic, time-intensive divorce trial, we suggest choosing

Collaborative Divorce

Divorce—like marriage—doesn’t come in a one-size-fits-all package. In fact, there are actually several different types of divorce to choose from, and not all have to be as emotionally toxic as a full court trial.  For couples who want a more amicable split, and are willing to engage in positive, constructive communication, collaborative divorce might be a good option. This type of divorce focuses on avoiding

Default Divorce

When we think about divorce, we often assume that it involves two willing participants, who—more or less—both want the same thing (i.e.: to terminate their marriage). But what happens if your other half doesn’t want a divorce? Or, if they just can’t be located?  Fortunately, the state of Tennessee isn’t going to make you stay married, just because your spouse might not be around to

Types of Divorce

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” While we aren’t sure why anyone would actually want to do that (skin a cat, that is), when it comes to divorce, the saying applies aptly. After all, marriage isn’t a one-size-fits-all situation, so why should divorce be any different? While each type of divorce has the same end result (i.e.:

Custodial Parent—Where Will My Kid Live?

When parents get divorced, one of the most important things a judge will need to decide is how to divide custody of minor children. This includes both determining who will make decisions for the child, and where the child will spend their time.  Unfortunately, however, this doesn’t necessarily mean that parents will always get a fifty-fifty split—especially when it comes to time.  Between school and

Collaborative Divorce

Divorce—like marriage—doesn’t come in a one-size-fits-all package. In fact, there are actually several different types of divorce to choose from, and not all have to be as emotionally toxic as a full court trial.  For couples who want a more amicable split, and are willing to engage in positive, constructive communication, collaborative divorce might be a good option. This type of divorce focuses on avoiding

Legal vs. Physical Custody in TN

Almost everyone has at least heard the word “custody,” but unless you or a loved one have gone through a divorce, you may not know exactly how that breaks down, in real time.  Custody refers to a parent’s legal relationship over their child. It encompasses all of the rights, responsibilities, and duties associated with the role, and breaks down into two main categories: legal and

How to Start a Divorce in Tennessee

You know you want a divorce, but you’re stuck. You stay because the thought of going to court exhausts you. You’re afraid for your kids. Of what people might say. You can’t even think about attorney’s fees without getting physically ill, and even if all of that weren’t true, the truth is: you don’t even know where to start. If this sounds like you, you’re

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