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Frequently Asked Questions about Family Law in Tennessee

Answers from skilled Murfreesboro family law attorneys

Family law is one of the most complex and emotionally charged areas of law. An effective family law attorney in Murfreesboro has to use their legal intelligence in combination with their emotional intelligence to get results. It is normal to have a lot of questions and concerns throughout the legal process as you fight for the well-being of your family. Unfortunately, not all Murfreesboro family law attorneys give their clients the personalized attention they deserve. At the Law Office of David L. Scott, our attorneys understand how stressful this time is for you and your family. Our attorneys personally respond to all calls and communicate with you directly to keep you informed about your case.

Contact an experienced Murfreesboro family law attorney today to answer your questions and ease your concerns

Trust the Law Office of David L. Scott if you are considering divorce or have another trying family law matter. We offer free initial consultations and flexible scheduling for your convenience. Communication is the key to a successful lawyer-client relationship, and we take the time to communicate with you personally throughout the process. Call us at 615-896-7656 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

How long do I have to live in Tennessee before I can get a divorce here?

The general rule is that you must live in the state for at least six months before you can file for divorce in Tennessee. However, there are some circumstances where you may be able to file for a divorce before it has been six months. Divorces are immediately available when an emergency occurs or there is abuse occurring within the home.



Do my spouse and I need lawyers if we agree on everything? 


Although you do not technically need an attorney, it is generally in your best interest to get a family lawyer in Murfreesboro to help you through the process. All of the legal documents need to be filed properly to finalize the divorce settlement.

How long does a divorce take?

The length of time a divorce takes depends on the extent that the spouses agree on the divorce. An uncontested divorce with no children can be finalized after the minimum 60 day waiting period. Unless there are children; then the minimum waiting period is 90 days. Contested divorces average at least a year or more to be finalized.

What is a conflict of interest in a divorce proceeding?

Attorneys have a duty of loyalty to their clients. A conflict of interest occurs when a lawyer has an interest that causes them to compromise their duty of loyalty to a client. In divorces, the most common conflict of interest occurs when a lawyer represents both of the spouses involved in a divorce. In Tennessee, a divorce can be invalidated by a lawyer that advises both spouses in their divorce settlement negotiations.

What are the grounds for divorce in Tennessee?

Tennessee has both fault and no-fault grounds for divorce. The fault based grounds for divorce are based on the traditional view that a spouse needed to prove to the court that the other spouse was to blame for the divorce for doing something like committing adultery, being abusive or abandoning the other spouse. No-fault divorce can be granted for the spouses having irreconcilable differences or being separated for more than two years (and not having any minor children).    

How is property divided in a divorce settlement?

Tennessee uses equitable distribution to divide property for a divorce decree. Equitable distribution does not mean that the property will be divided in a 50/50 split. Marital property can be divided unevenly based on how the judge feels is the more fair way to distribute the property. Getting an experienced family law attorney in Murfreesboro is the wisest way to help ensure that you are not left with an unfair divorce decree.

What can I do if the child support payments from my divorce decree are too high or too low?

Tennessee has guidelines that judges use to assess rates for monthly child support payments. The factors considered include the wages of both parents, the time each parents spends with the children and the childcare expenses for education and healthcare. A modification to child support payments may be granted when something has changed since the divorce decree that has a significant impact related to the child support.




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