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Nashville Divorce Attorneys

The Support, Understanding & Experience You Need

Divorce is a life-changing and emotionally charged experience. You enter into divorce with your world shaken and no idea how you are going to come out on the other side. During this challenging time, you need a partner you can count on who will listen to your concerns and provide creative, strategic solutions for achieving your goals. Let a Cole Law Group divorce attorney help you get a firm grasp on your situation and empower you to move on to the next chapter of your life.

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It is not wise to deal with divorce one step at a time or without legal representation, for one day you may look up and realize that your family or financial security has been jeopardized by something you just didn't see coming. As Nashville divorce lawyers, our mission is to strategize and advocate for you as we protect your rights and entitlements.

When you hire our firm you can expect:

  • An honest assessment and straight-forward talk that will help you set realistic goals
  • The freedom to make important decisions regarding your divorce
  • Guidance and assistance in gathering documentation and evidence for discovery
  • Timely and consistent communication regarding the progress of your case
  • Adequate time in preparing you for settlement, deposition, and/or trial
  • Mediation and/or trial representation
  • Referrals to caring professionals outside the legal field if necessitated (accountant, psychologist or parenting plan coordinator)

Handling All Aspects of Your Divorce

Every divorce case is unique and carries with it specific legal concerns. Our Nashville divorce attorneys adopt a different approach for each case we accept. We are dedicated to providing solutions that are not just innovative, but tailor-made to reflect the specific needs of the men, women, and children we represent.

Our divorce representation encompasses the following areas:

  • Alimony and spousal maintenance
  • Property division
  • High-asset divorce & high-profile clients
  • Child custody, visitation, and support
  • Parental relocation
  • Grandparents and third-party custody/visitation
  • Pet custody
  • Domestic violence
  • Separation agreements
  • Modifications
  • Post-divorce issues and contempt of court
  • Appeals

How To Resolve Your Divorce & Achieve Your Goals

The key to navigating a divorce successfully is to be (1) an informed client and (2) a prepared client. In order to enhance your confidence and help you make logical rather than emotional decisions as you partner with us, our team of family law attorneys encourages you to increase your knowledge of the basics of divorce law, divorce terminology, and the legal procedures required to obtain a divorce in Tennessee.

How Do I Get Divorced in Tennessee?

The following is a general outline of the divorce process in Tennessee. Call our firm to get started on your case!

Must Be a Resident

Before a party can file for divorce in Tennessee, you must meet the first qualifcation: being a resident of Tennessee for at least six (6) months prior to the filing. If either party has been a resident for this duration, the next step is filing a complaint for divorce in the appropriate court in Tennessee.

File a Complain of Divorce

Once the complaint is filed, a summons will be issued to the non-filing spouse. The complaint and a summons must be served on the non-filing spouse. Tennessee has mandatory waiting periods after a complaint is filed before a divorce can be granted depending on whether minor children are involved.

  • If there are no minor children between the parties, they must wait only sixty (60) days from filing the complaint until the divorce can be granted.
  • If there are minor children between the parties, they must wait ninety (90) days from filing the complaint until the divorce can be granted.

Temporary Motions

Once a complaint of divorce has been filed, temporary motions can be filed, including, but not limited to, motion for spousal support, child support, custody of minor children, and motions regarding which party can live in the marital residence during the pendency of the divorce.

Counter Complaint

After the complaint is filed, the non-filing spouse can answer the complaint and file a counter-complaint if they wish. They have thirty (30) days from service to answer and/or counter-claim.

If the non-filing spouse does not answer, there may be a default judgment against them, meaning the court assumes they agree with the terms stated in the complaint of divorce.

Amicable Divorce

After an answer and/or counter-complaint is filed, the next steps depend on whether or not the parties can agree on a distribution of assets and child care and custody.

If the parties can agree, they can exchange information (often called discovery) between each other without involving the court and agree to a distribution of the assets and child custody.

Resolving a Divorce Through Mediation

If the parties cannot agree, they can either go to mediation or go through a formal discovery process involving the court, often after a divorce is set for trial (see below).

  • Mediation entails both parties sit down, separately or together, with a Rule 31 Mediator to go over all marital assets in order to determine who will obtain such assets. If minor children are involved, the parties must also agree during mediation to the care and custody of such children. This is called a Parenting Plan. If the parties agree to the distribution of assets, and care and custody at mediation, the case moves to a final hearing.

Taking Your Divorce to Trial

If the parties cannot agree during mediation, the case will be set for trial. If the divorce is set for trial, formal discovery exchanges will ensue and depositions are possibly held.

At the trial, the judge will rule who is granted a divorce, who obtains certain marital assets, and will resolve any outstanding parenting issues, such as who is the primary residential parent, who is entitled to child support, and what amount of child support is appropriate.

The judge can rule immediately at the close of the trial or take additional time to make a ruling. After the judge makes a ruling, either party has thirty (30) days to appeal the decision.

To learn more about the process ahead of you, and to schedule your initial consultation with a member of our team, reach out to our Nashville divorce lawyers today at (615) 492-2009. We are eager to work with you and help you find a way forward.

What Not To Do In A Divorce

There are steps you can take to protect your rights and your assets before and during a divorce. However, people often let their emotions get the better of them, and they make mistakes that can jeopardize the successful outcome of their case.

At Cole Law Group our attorneys will guide you through every aspect of the divorce process to help you achieve a resolution that protects your rights, your relationship with your children, and your assets. We never adhere to a one-size-fits-all strategy, but the following are specific rules of behavior that you should abide by as you partner with us:

  • 1. Do Not Hide Assets From Your Attorney Or Your Spouse
    Business owners, professionals, celebrities, or other high-asset individuals sometimes feel that they need to stash money in hidden accounts to keep it out of the divorce. Our lawyers are cognizant of the importance of financial discovery, and we know what happens when those assets are brought to light. Be sure to provide an honest accounting of all your assets and let us determine what is a marital and what is a non- marital asset. Courts in Tennessee do not look favorably upon hidden assets.
  • 2. Do Not Fight Over Things You Do Not Want Just To Fight
    When divorces turn bitter, spouses will say and do things out of spite. If you do not want the house, don't put up a fight for it. Instead, work with your lawyer to come up with a fair resolution. On the other hand, if you feel the long-term stability of a business you own is at stake, you may want to consider going to trial.
  • 3. Do Not Try To Pit Your Children Against Your Ex
    Bad-mouthing your ex in front of the children, lying about your ex to the children, appearing vindictive toward your spouse in court, or other similar destructive behavior will earn you no goodwill from the judge. Even if your soon-to-be ex is a bad parent, make an honest attempt to work through issues. Courts in Tennessee believe strongly that children benefit from maintaining a strong relationship with both parents, and they will not look upon you favorably if you try to poison that relationship. On the other hand, if your children's safety is at stake, it is imperative that their welfare be considered.
  • 4. Do Not Disobey Court Orders
    The judge may issue temporary orders regarding custody and child support while the divorce works its way through the legal system. No matter how disappointed or angry you are, you must comply with the judge's orders. Failure to do so could result in a contempt of court ruling against you that would have negative consequences.
  • 5. Do Not Dismiss Mediation Or Other Means Of Resolution
    Many couples, even those who seem destined to spend months in court, have found effective resolutions through the mediation process. Collaborative measures can help bridge gaps and reveal areas of agreement that you had not previously considered.

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