Do We Have To Agree On Everything?
When you and your spouse decide to file for divorce, there is a good chance that you will discuss some of the issues that will be decided like property division or parenting time. You might agree on all, some or none of the issues.
What If We Have Already Agreed On Everything?
The divorce process is a complicated, form-intensive, calculation-intensive process, and it has become very difficult for a lay person to accurately finalize the required divorce documents, which include things such as:
• Permanent Parenting Plans
• Tennessee Department of Human Services Child Support Worksheets
• Marital Dissolution Agreements
• Notices Regarding Health Insurance
• Notices of Completion of Parenting Education Class
Unfortunately, if your forms are not properly drafted and executed, a court cannot approve them. Therefore, we strongly advise that you let us carefully review the forms you've worked on to make sure that you have properly handled things like "guideline" child support, the "child dependency exemption," health insurance for children, and life insurance.
Managing the presentation of your case in the courtroom can be a frightening experience fraught with the possibility of error, even if your case is settled between you and your spouse, and we do not recommend that you attempt it.
What If We Agree On Some But Not All Of The Issues?
You and your spouse might want to share parenting time, but don't know which arrangement will work best. You and your spouse might know how you want your property divided, but disagree on whether one of you should receive alimony.
It is perfectly okay to agree on some, but not all issues. As your attorneys, we will help you decide on how to best approach your case. We may even suggest drafting an agreement that covers most of the issues and then taking only a final one or two issues to court as a way to use your funds strategically. Divorce does not necessarily mean you have to pick between litigating or mediating. You can utilize both methods of resolution.
What If We Haven't Agreed On Anything?
Don't worry. Most people will not have their details worked out when they come in for their consultation. In fact, the exact opposite is typically true — most people feel lost and frightened about the process without a keen sense of where to start. But we know what to do and how to direct you.
If you would like to discuss your individual situation with an attorney, call our office at 901-522-1010 or send us your contact information.
65 Union Avenue • 9th Floor • Cotton Exchange Building • Memphis, Tennessee 38103 • 901.522.1010