Divorce Attorneys in Franklin
Guiding Clients through Divorce and Separation in Nashville and Middle Tennessee
At Puryear, Newman & Morton, PLLC, we recognize divorce and legal separation are traumatic and life-changing events with far reaching and long-lasting consequences for families. Not only is ending your marriage an emotionally trying time, but the paperwork, court dates, fees, and waiting can add additional stress. Our compassionate and experienced attorneys are dedicated to guiding you through the process, providing personalized service that seeks to protect your best interests. We are knowledgeable about the nuances of family law, empathize with our clients’ situations, and provide a high level of calm and ethical legal representation to help you through trying times.
Call our Franklin divorce lawyers at (615) 933-2366 to schedule a consultation.
Divorce, Separation, and Related Legal Matters
We help clients navigate the uncertain landscape surrounding family-related legal matters. Our lawyers routinely handle both contested and uncontested divorce cases involving complex issues and the division of substantial financial assets. We work with a variety of financial professionals who provide financial advice and assistance, if needed, to our clients in divorce cases involving the division of large and complicated marital estates. We also assist clients in providing for the care and support of their children during and after a divorce or separation.
Contact our firm for legal help with any of the following:
Legal separation in lieu of, or prior to, divorce
- Collaborative divorce
- Child custody and visitation schedules
- Determining and enforcing alimony awards
- Termination of parental rights
- Post-divorce modifications
What to Expect During the Divorce Process in Tennessee
While every divorce matter is unique, there are several steps that are common to most cases.
The divorce process typically includes the following:
Filing a divorce complaint
- Attending mediation or collaboration meetings
- Meeting with your spouse to decide on child custody
- Determining child support and visitation
- Classifying property as separate or marital
- Distributing marital property
- Participating in litigation in court in a contested divorce through court hearing for motions or a trial
- Signing relevant paperwork to finalize the agreement
Throughout your case, your attorney will communicate the benefits or ramifications of certain decisions, enabling you to make the best possible choice for you and your family. We will base our representation on your unique family dynamic, as well as other factors, such as property and businesses owned separately or jointly with your spouse, the needs of your children, and your current relationship with your spouse. Every divorce case is different and our family law team is prepared to provide you with individualized legal advice tailored to the facts of your case.
Separation is a practical alternative to divorce, allowing a couple to decide on specific issues without permanent dissolution being the end goal. You and your spouse will come to a formal agreement on matters involving custody, visitation, and spousal support, even as you and your spouse remain legally married. This may make sense for financial reasons, such as those concerning taxes, insurance policies, or Social Security benefits; religious reasons; or simply to give a married couple time to reflect and reunite or make a final decision on divorce.
In Tennessee, the process starts when you file a complaint for legal separation that provides the court with the grounds for pursuing separation. We live in a “mixed divorce state” which means providing specific reasoning is not required in both separation and divorce proceedings, but grounds could be used to initiate the process. In a legal separation, you may claim irreconcilable differences, for example, or that you and your spouse have been living separately. After the complaint for legal separation is filed and a “cooling off” period has elapsed, you can negotiate the terms of your separation and the court will finalize your decisions and resolve any undecided matters.
Tennessee Divorce FAQs
What is the residency requirement to file for divorce in Tennessee?
- At least one spouse must have lived in Tennessee for at least 6 months prior to filing for divorce.
Do I have to go to court for my divorce case?
- Not all divorce cases go to trial. Most divorces end up settling before a case reaches court, either through mediation or continued negotiations. If both parties are unable to reach an agreement, then both must go to court.
How long does the divorce process take?
- If you and your spouse agree on all terms and have no children, there is as 60-day waiting period from the time you file before the divorce can be final. If you have children, the waiting period is 90 days. The waiting period is required in the event that couples change their minds and reconcile during that time. However, if you are facing a contested divorce that may end up in court, your divorce could take years to resolve.
What is a contested and uncontested divorce?
- An uncontested divorce is one where both parties agree to all the terms of the divorce. By contract, a contested divorce is one in which the spouses disagree on all the major issues, including child custody, spousal support, and property division.
Mediation and Collaborative Divorce
Divorce doesn’t have to be a battle. Mediation allows a divorcing couple to talk about issues and reach important agreements without having the stress of a judge deciding your future. Often, it is a more comfortable, less costly, and more productive approach to your legal matter.
In Tennessee, mediation is required in almost all divorce cases before trial unless the court allows the parties to waive mediation. Our family law lawyers are experienced have settled many, many cases in mediation. They will select a mediator that is right for your case, prepare you for mediation, and participate in mediation with you.
Similarly, the collaborative divorce process focuses on you and your family as individuals. It involves a team of financial professionals, lawyers, and mental health professionals who develop practical solutions to the terms of your divorce agreement. You will work with a lawyer who is specially trained in collaborative law and sign an agreement allowing your team of professionals to help assess important issues.
Mediation and collaborative divorce may not be right for all couples. To discuss your situation, contact our divorce attorneys in Franklin at Puryear, Newman & Morton, PLLC. We offer tailored legal help to families throughout Williamson and Davidson counties, as well as across Metro Nashville.
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My attorney, Phil Newman, took the time to thoroughly understand my case...- Tina Z.
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To say I was impressed would be an understatement. If you need the best legal counsel and sound advice, and sometimes it’s advice you don’t want to hear but need to, then Phil Newman and the Puryear, Newman & Morton team deliver.- Carl H.
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