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Family law matters are, understandably, challenging to think about, let alone to resolve. As family disputes involve your children and a partner you once trusted to spend a future with, emotions and tensions may be high as you confront the reality of divorce. However, Will Fraley, Attorney at Law can be the legal crutch you need in such a situation. We have been representing clients for 18 years and are deeply familiar with the Tennessee family court system. Whether you have questions about filing for divorce, negotiating child custody and visitation, or requesting modification of a parenting plan, we can help you navigate the legal process.
Filing for Divorce in Tennessee
To file for divorce in Tennessee, you must first meet the residency requirement. In particular, according to Tenn. Code Ann. § 36-4-104 (a), either spouse must have resided in the state for at least 6 months before filing. Once you meet this requirement, you can commence the divorce process by filing a complaint and citing a ground for divorce – either on no-fault grounds or fault grounds (e.g., adultery, impotence, criminal conduct).
No-fault divorce (mutual-consent divorce generally takes 2-6 months to complete. Fault-based, or contested, divorce can take months to years, depending on how complex the disputes involved are.
Many divorces are complex and lengthy because of high-conflict disputes involving their marital matters. For instance, some common divorce disputes you and your spouse may need to negotiate are:
- child custody and visitation;
- child support;
- property division;
- spousal support.
If you and your spouse are on amicable terms, you may be able to settle the above disputes among yourselves without involvement from the court. You can also pursue mediation to negotiate a settlement, in which case a third-party mediator will professionally facilitate discussion between you and your spouse to find common ground on your post-divorce arrangement. If all else fails, though, you will need to proceed to litigation, where the judge will make the final settlement decision for your divorce disputes.
Will Fraley, Attorney at Law is committed to guiding his clients through the complex family legal system. We recognize the importance of your parent-child relationship that hangs in the balance of a divorce and other family law issues, and we will do our best to fight for your parental and spousal interests as you negotiate the terms of your divorce. From helping clients petition for divorce to filing for modification of an existing parenting plan, our firm is prepared to take on your family law case and negotiate as favorable an outcome as possible.
Let Will Fraley, Attorney at Law protect your interests and needs in family law. Call (615) 552-0332 or contact us online to get started in a free initial consultation.
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