Murfreesboro Divorce Attorneys Provide Skillful Guidance Every Step of the Way—Whether the Divorce is Contested or Uncontested

The difference between contested and uncontested divorces

When divorce becomes an option for a couple, the feelings of each spouse determine how simple or acrimonious the legal split becomes. Sometimes the spouses are still friends and want to end the marriage amicably. They agree on how to split property, child care, and other responsibilities that will last after the divorce. In this case, an uncontested divorce is possible. At Dotson & Taylor, our knowledgeable Murfreesboro divorce lawyers represent one spouse, draft a marital dissolution agreement that both spouses agree to and sign, and file it and other statutorily required documents with the court.

Other times, one of the spouses does not want a divorce and intends to fight it. Alternatively, both spouses want to end the marriage, but cannot agree on terms. These result in a contested divorce. A divorce complaint is filed and ultimately the court resolves the issues. If you think your divorce will be contested, don’t hesitate to let our dedicated divorce attorneys help get you the best possible settlement.

What issues cause a contested divorce?

It only takes disagreement on one issue to turn an amicable split into a contested divorce. Some issues that frequently cause disagreement are:

  • Grounds for Divorce: Tennessee recognizes 15 grounds for divorce. If both sides simply want to end the marriage, then the no-fault “irreconcilable differences” option is common. More contentious grounds include impotency, adultery, conviction of a felony, attempted murder of the other spouse, spousal abuse, and development of a drug addiction after marriage. If the spouse accused of this misconduct denies it, then the parties may not even be able to agree on the grounds for divorce.
  • Child Custody: Ultimately, the child custody rights of each parent are granted based on the best interest of the child. Often, each spouse believes that his or her custody will be in the best interest of the child.
  • Alimony: Sometimes marriage results in one spouse focusing more on a career while the other stays at home caring for children. If the marriage ends, the spouse that spent more time at home may not have the education, skills or work history to find a job allowing that spouse and children to continue living their current lifestyle.
  • Property Division: The division of the assets and debts of a marriage can quickly become complicated, especially if one of the spouses has retirement accounts or military benefits. Often overlooked, and leading to acrimonious disagreement, are any debts accumulated during the marriage.

If the divorce is contested, is there an alternative to lengthy court proceedings?

A contested divorce resulting in a lengthy trial can be very expensive and emotionally draining. Our experienced Murfreesboro divorce attorneys offer mediation as an alternative form of dispute resolution. Mediation is a required process within the context of a contested divorce.We sit down with you, your spouse, and your spouse’s lawyer and work with a mediator to try and resolve the disputes that lead to a contested divorce. Successful mediation usually gives you a faster, cheaper, and less acrimonious end to your marriage.

Murfreesboro divorce lawyers help pave the way for a smooth contested or uncontested divorce

No couple plans on divorcing when they get married. If it does happen, divorce can destroy relationships and be a long-term nightmare for both parents and children. Don’t let this happen to you—if you believe divorce with your spouse is imminent, contact our Murfreesboro divorce attorneys today. We walk you through the options for both contested and uncontested divorces, and help minimize the associated emotional and financial costs. Call us today at 615-890-1982 or e-mail us at any time, even during evenings or on weekends.