Divorce Attorneys in Germantown
Handling a Wide Variety of Divorce Matters in West Tennessee
The end of any serious relationship is difficult, no matter the circumstances. Whether you and your spouse are going your separate ways as friends or you’re dealing with a more contentious, bitter division, our divorce attorneys in Germantown are prepared to help you navigate this challenging and emotional experience.
With our help, you can navigate and overcome many of the difficulties that arise during divorce proceedings. We understand how divorce proceedings can affect you and your loved ones for a long time to come, which is why we work tirelessly to help our clients make smart, informed decisions.
Our ultimate goal is to provide you with the support and guidance you need so you understand your options and are able to make informed, level-headed decisions about your divorce and future. Trust our team to make the process as simple and steady as possible for you.
How Can We Help With Your Divorce?
There are several aspects of a divorce that require specialized attention, even more so if you’re dealing with a more complex divorce. Any divorce will require a basic understanding of West Tennessee divorce laws, but the process can become more complicated for families with children, those dealing with high assets, cases involving domestic abuse, or other complex matters.
Our team can help with a variety of divorce matters, including:
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Pre / Post Nuptial Agreements
- Property Division
Filing for Divorce in Tennessee
According to Tennessee Code Ann. § 36-4-104 (a), you must live in Tennessee for a minimum of 6 months before you are able to legally file for a divorce within the state. Or, if you or your spouse are in the military and stationed in Tennessee, you may file for divorce in Tennessee so long as you have lived in Tennessee for a year (even if you are permanent residents of another state).
There is also a mandatory waiting period for divorce filed in Tennessee. By law, there is a 60-day waiting period for divorcing spouses without children under the age of 18, and a mandatory 90-day waiting period for spouses with children under the age of 18 years old. In most cases, the court will also order couples to participate in mediation before the divorce can be pushed forward through the court.
Property Division in West Tennessee
In Tennessee, the division of marital property follows an equitable division rule. In other words, the property shared between spouses is divided in a way that is equitable, but not necessarily equal.
In order to determine how property will be divided, the court will first differentiate between marital property (what the couple shared and what is divisible) and separate property (what each spouse owns individually and is not subject to division).
How is Alimony Awarded in a Divorce?
The court will consider alimony much differently than property division. With alimony, the court may consider “fault” in the way alimony is awarded, especially in cases where one spouse may have harmed or negatively impacted the other, by financial means or otherwise. However, alimony decisions are not black and white and are very dependent on each unique case.
There are four types of alimony awarded in Tennessee, including:
- Lump-Sum Alimony: This type of alimony may be granted in addition to more traditional alimony payments, or in lieu of regular alimony, in order to provide the receiving partner with support.
- Periodic Alimony: Periodic alimony may be awarded in addition to rehabilitative alimony if a spouse is only partially rehabilitated, or in lieu of rehabilitative alimony if rehabilitation is considered infeasible.
- Transitional Alimony: In the event that the court decides rehabilitative alimony is unnecessary, but the disadvantaged spouse still requires financial support as they adjust to their new means after a divorce or separation, they may be awarded transitional alimony for a brief period of time.
- Rehabilitative Alimony: Courts will award rehabilitative alimony to support the disadvantaged spouse to permit them a standard of living comparable to the state enjoyed during the marriage or similar to the standard the other spouse will experience after the divorce.
To find out which, if any, type of alimony would best fit your situation, you need to discuss your case with an experienced Germantown divorce attorney. Our firm has a thorough understanding of Tennessee divorce laws and we can help create a legal plan that best suits your needs. We know how emotionally trying divorce cases can be, which is why our top priority is to provide our clients with the support and guidance they need as they press onward toward the next phase of their lives.
Let Our Team Help You
Since 1996, Snider & Horner, PLLC has worked tirelessly to advocate for our clients, whether we’re dealing with child custody modifications, alimony cases, or pre-nuptial agreements. Whatever the circumstances, we are committed to understanding each of our clients’ individual cases and priorities so we can work together to pursue your ideal outcome.
Whether your divorce case can be resolved through mediation or requires time in the courtroom, we can advocate for your interests and help you dissolve your marriage in the most amicable, resolution-focused manner possible. We know what’s at stake, and we want to be by your side to help.
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