Tennessee Family LawAnderson, Blount, Cocke, Greene, Jefferson, Knox, Hamblen, Loudon, and Sevier.
The Angel Law Firm practices Family Law in the following counties in East Tennessee: Anderson, Blount, Cocke, Greene, Jefferson, Knox, Hamblen, Loudon, and Sevier.
Under Tennessee law, there are two ways in which to get a divorce: An agreed settlement or through a contested trial. It is almost always preferable to work through a negotiated divorce settlement rather than to go through the arduous and expensive process of a trial. If the divorcing parties can agree on every issue, including custody of minor children, division of marital property, and alimony (if applicable), the parties may file a divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences along with a Marital Dissolution Agreement. If agreement is reached, the divorce can be finalized in sixty days if there are no minor children from the marriage, and ninety days if there are children involved.
Parenting Plans and Support
The “best interest of the child” is the prevailing legal standard in Tennessee. The State encourages the parents work together to reach an agreement through a formal “Parenting Plan.” If the mother and father are unable to reach an agreement through mediation, the Court will determine the appropriate plan. Parenting Plans remain in force until a child turns 18, but may be modified via petitioning the court. A parenting plan may be modified by the court if the petitioning party can demonstrate a “material change in circumstances” on the part of either party. Child support is determined via a state child support calculator based on parenting time, the income of both parents, and other factors.
For additional information, please contact our office to schedule a 30-minute initial consultation free of charge. We will discuss the facts of your individual case and determine the best course of action.