Why You Need a Divorce Lawyer in Tennessee
If you are contemplating divorce, you may wonder if you need a divorce lawyer. After all, you and your partner made the decision to marry, so how hard can it be for you to dissolve that marriage? Actually, the legal process of getting married is much simpler than the legal process of filing for divorce. Property, children, and division of other assets can make ending a marriage much more complicated.
Your divorce lawyer is your advocate
Divorce can be messy. Contentious. And time consuming. During the divorce process, emotions run high, stress levels climb, and many couples become worn out, giving in to the feeling of “just wanting it to be over”. In those circumstances, spouses may settle for terms that are less than desirable, only to later regret those decisions.
Having an experienced divorce lawyer by your side through divorce proceedings can alleviate some of that stress, and the temptation to give in. Your divorce lawyer will fight for what is yours, protect your interests, and advocate on your behalf. So even if you feel like quitting, your divorce lawyer will still keep on working until the terms of your divorce are satisfactory.
Division of property in a Tennessee divorce
Tennessee is considered an “equitable division state”, which means that you and your spouse each own the income you earned while married, and you each have the right to manage any property that is listed in your name alone. When you and your spouse file for divorce, however, the division of your property is not as straightforward. The judge assigned to your case will divide your property based on what he/she deems as “fair”. Keep in mind that “fair” does not mean “equal”.
Child custody in Tennessee
Tennessee courts presume that, after divorce, it is in the best interests of the children to have frequent, ongoing contact with both parents. Sometimes a child’s best interests are served by a different child custody arrangement or one that provides greater custody to one parent. Judges will consider all factors in determining what they believe best serves the child. So it is critical to have an experienced divorce lawyer at your side to argue for what you believe is best for your children.
Protect what is important to you
When filing for divorce, it can be tempting to simply download the necessary forms and try to do this yourselves. Before doing so, ask yourself how effectively you can honestly negotiate for what you want? Is child custody an issue? Has your spouse hired an attorney? A knowledgeable divorce lawyer will discuss your concerns, your financial situation, and your priorities to make sure that everything that is addressed in your divorce proceeding protects what matters to you most. The experienced Tennessee divorce lawyers at Dotson Taylor Attorneys at Law are with you every step of the way, dedicated to working toward the most favorable outcome for you. Contact our office today at 615-890-1982 or online to arrange a confidential consultation with one of our divorce lawyers.