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Filing for Divorce Tennessee

Franklin, Murfreesboro & Columbia TN Attorneys Offer Advice on Filing for Divorce

No-fault and at-fault divorce in Tennessee

Tennessee grants both no-fault and at-fault divorces to couple where at least one member has lived in the state for a minimum of six months. No-fault divorce affords couples a greater degree of privacy, because neither party has to allege or defend against charges that could damage their reputation. But no-fault divorce requires a degree of cooperation to achieve. The Law Offices of Adrian H. Altshuler & Associates helps clients with divorce from filing through conclusion, with reliable advice and professional advocacy. For more than 20 years, clients in Spring Hill, Murfreesboro, Lawrenceburg and Pulaski have relied on Adrian Altshuler for help with their legal needs.

Explaining the Tennessee divorce process

To begin the divorce process, you or your spouse files a complaint for divorce in the county where either of you resides. For a no-fault divorce, you only need a statement indicating irreconcilable differences and that you and your spouse have been living apart for two years. This assumes both of you agree on issues such as property division, child custody and child support. A knowledgeable divorce attorney can help you memorialize your agreement in a proposed divorce settlement, which you present to the court for approval. Provided the court finds no problem with your agreement, the divorce is generally granted in about 60 days after you or your spouse files the complaint.

In rare cases where a spouse wants to fight a divorce, the petitioning spouse must present evidence of the other’s fault in destroying the marriage. At-fault grounds for divorce include the following:

  • Adultery
  • Desertion
  • Cruel and inhumane treatment
  • Conviction of a felony accompanied by a prison sentence
  • Habitual drunkenness or abuse of narcotic drugs

Information to consider when choosing a divorce lawyer

Finding the right divorce attorney is difficult. So to help, we created a few quick tips about what to look for in a reliable divorce lawyer.

  • Someone who practices divorce law. Divorce law requires someone who is both tenacious and sensitive. The attorney you hire should focus a significant portion of their practice on divorce law. Do not consider hiring relatives or friends simply because they are lawyers. There are many different types of lawyers and someone who focuses on personal injury or bankruptcy cannot provide you with the legal guidance you need to protect your rights in a divorce proceeding.
  • Experience. Unfortunately, not all divorces end quickly. Some divorces are long and hostile, and as a result you need an experienced divorce attorney who is prepared to fight for you.
  • Success in and out of court. When choosing a lawyer to represent you, look for someone who has a record of success in and out of court. The person you hire should be skilled at out-of-court negotiations involving child support and custody issues and division of property and assets matters. However, your lawyer must also be a formidable litigator who is ready to handle a long trial.
  • Knowledge of alternatives. The divorce attorney you hire should also be able to recommend alternatives to traditional divorce. He or she should be able to clearly articulate the difference between separation and divorce. Your attorney should know collaborative divorce and mediation and explain the advantages and disadvantages of these cooperative approaches.

At the Law Offices of Adrian H. Altshuler, we have extensive experience handling separation, divorce, child custody, child support, alimony and adoption.

Attorneys can help with collaborative or non-collaborative divorces in Murfreesboro

Divorcing couples who are able to communicate and work cooperatively may be candidates for collaborative divorce. This is a process for reaching a settlement agreement that is manageable precisely because the divorcing spouses have created it. As a skilled mediation attorney, Adrian Altshuler has assisted many couples working through issues of separation or divorce.

Contact a divorce lawyer who serves Murfreesboro Tennessee

For assistance with your divorce filing in Brentwood, Murfreesboro or Spring Hill and creation of a divorce settlement, contact our Franklin or Columbia office at 615-977-9370 or online to schedule a free initial consultation.