Common Issues Faced In A Tennessee Divorce
Making the decision to divorce your spouse is often one of the most trying and stressful times in a person’s life. Every divorce case is different in Tennessee, but some issues come up more often than others during the settlement process. At Fort, Holloway, & Rogers, our team of dedicated legal professionals is prepared to zealously advocate for you throughout the divorce case in Williamson County. To learn more about your legal options, call or contact our office today for a confidential consultation.
Tennessee is an equitable distribution state, which means that all marital property must be split equitably, but not necessarily equally, between spouses during a divorce. Each spouse gets to keep the separate property they entered into the marriage with, but all marital assets and debts acquired during the course of the marriage must be split between spouses. Certain factors may influence the court’s determination of property distribution, and a lawyer can help identify anything that may affect your case.
The next common issue in divorce cases is the determination of spousal support, also known as alimony, during and after the divorce. Alimony is typically paid by the higher earning spouse to the lesser earning spouse in order to maintain a standard of living and assist in the transition to financial independence. Tennessee allows for four different types of alimony after the divorce: rehabilitative, alimony in futuro, alimony in solido, and transitional alimony in addition to temporary spousal support while the divorce is ongoing.
When minor children are involved, one of the biggest issues in a divorce is the determination of child custody. The court often encourages parents to create a parenting plan that works for both of them, but a judge will step in if the parents cannot agree on the custody arrangement of their child. Decisions must be made on both legal and physical custody in addition to whether the parents will share joint custody or if one parent retains sole custody of the child. Having an experienced lawyer can be critical in child custody situations, as an attorney can provide calm, sound, and logical legal advice for an incredibly emotional issue.
The last major issue seen in many divorce cases is the determination of child support. Typically, the parent that spends less time with the child, known as the noncustodial parent, pays support to the custodial parent. Tennessee law provides some guidance to the proper amount of child support, but outside factors can also significantly alter the amount of child support paid or received by a parent. To learn more about what may influence child support payments, talk to an attorney today.
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