Practicing Family & Divorce Law in Chattanooga
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A contested divorce starts when one spouse files a Complaint for Divorce and a proposed Permanent Parenting Plan (if there are children). These documents are served on the other spouse, who is given thirty days to respond.
If the parties are not in agreement, they attend mediation, which is an opportunity to try to come to a resolution with the help of an experienced facilitator. The parties must either come up with an agreement or have the judge decide on the terms in court. Whether you need an attorney to negotiate your divorce or one to litigate, we can help.
In an uncontested divorce, one or both spouses meet with the attorney, who will draft the parties’ agreement. Although the attorney may meet with both parties, it is not ethical to represent both parties in the divorce. Therefore, only one party can be the attorney’s client.
Once the agreement is signed and filed with the court, you will enter into a waiting period. The waiting period is 60 days if you don’t have minor children and 90 days if you do. After the waiting period, the attorney’s staff will schedule the court date and inform you by mail.
If your spouse presents you with uncontested divorce papers do not sign them until you have spoken with an experienced attorney.
The choice to pursue an adoption is a life long process and one based on love, whether you are a family choosing to add to that family through adoption or whether you are a birth parent choosing a family to raise your child. Although the legal aspect of adoption has a finite end, the effect lasts a lifetime. Adoption will be one of the single most legally significant event in your life.
In Chattanooga, different forms of adoption have different requirements. Because of this, our lawyer is very specific about what you need to know as you go through the adoption process and what rules you must comply with.
We communicate clearly and often with you, so you understand what is going on every step of the way. We work with you to fulfill the requirements for your adoption, so we can get a hearing scheduled as quickly as possible to finalize your adoption and help you begin your new family relationship.
Alimony in Chattanooga refers to ongoing financial support one spouse may provide to another following a divorce. While many people think alimony payments are standard in a divorce, alimony is not awarded as frequently as it used to be. In recent times, with more two-income households, courts are concluding with more and more frequency that a spouse isn’t as likely to be as financially dependent as they may have been in past generations. This may or may not be accurate in your case.
Our divorce lawyers will work with you to determine your expenses, income limits and more, and help figure out what support you might be entitled to, or what support you might be asked to contribute to your former spouse. It is our job to represent your needs to the court to help ensure that you are not left in a financial bind.
If you’re searching for a child custody attorney in Chattanooga, you’ve come to the right place. After decades of practicing Tennessee divorce and custody law, we know that in divorces involving children there is often little else that matters more than who will have primary custody of the children and how they will be raised. In order to ensure that you and your children are well protected, it is essential that you have professional, experienced legal counsel on your side.
Our divorce attorneys are sensitive to how important child custody can be, and offer decades of experience keeping families intact. We bring expert knowledge of Tennessee family law to the table, and the experience of how to best represent your interests to the court. Importantly, child custody laws in Tennessee are designed to keep “the best interests of the child” in mind, but that term is inherently subjective and entirely dependent upon the facts presented. Let us work to ensure that what the court defines as your child’s “best interest” is what you seek as well.
When children are involved, the end of a marriage does not mean the end of financial responsibilities. But without proper legal representation, a spouse can find themselves with minimal support for their family, or on the other hand paying significantly more than they are able. Don’t let poor representation cost your children the financial support they’re entitled to during your divorce. Chattanooga Divorce Lawyers will fight hard to make sure the court understands your financial needs when determining child support levels for your children.
In Tennessee, both parents are required to support their children until a child reaches the age of 18, graduates from high school, marries, dies, emancipates or joins the military. Additionally, support may be required past the age of 18 as well, such as in the case of a child who is still in high school. Child support is paid by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent for the child’s living expenses, health insurance, medical and dental expenses, and more.
The division of marital property in Chattanooga is an area of divorce that can become a source of heated arguments, especially in cases of high-asset divorces or alternatively where there is substantial debt to be divided. Spouses may disagree over who brought what into a marriage or who is entitled to ownership of cars, money, property and other belongings.
Common myths surrounding the division of property in a divorce may suggest that one spouse is entitled to half of all property. In Tennessee, however, this is not necessarily the case. Our experienced property division lawyers in Chattanooga know what steps to take to help ensure that your property is distributed in a way that works for you during your divorce.
It can be a sensitive matter, but getting a Tennessee prenuptial agreement is an increasingly important tool to protect both spouses in the event of the unforeseen. These pre-marriage contracts can spell out details ranging from alimony in the event of a divorce to the distribution of assets to children at the time of your death.
The Chattanooga prenuptial agreements lawyers at Chattanooga Divorce Lawyers can explain to you and your soon-to-be spouse the benefits of a prenuptial agreement in a way that makes both of you comfortable. Already married? Talk to one of our family law attorneys about a postnuptial or antenuptial agreement, which can offer some of the same protections as a prenuptial agreement.