So, you’ve decided to file for a divorce. Whether or not this was a mutual decision, one person must file a petition, asking the court to get divorced. Once the petition has been filed, a number of steps need to be taken.
Our team of experienced divorce attorneys has compiled some of the key steps of the divorce process below. Please keep in mind that each divorce brings its own unique family circumstances to the table; these are general steps that apply to most divorces.
1. Decide on the cause.
In the state of Tennessee, there are several grounds for divorce that a court of law will recognize as acceptable reasons. Some of these include:
- Being convicted of a crime and sentenced to confinement;
- Substance abuse occurring after a marriage had begun;
- Irreconcilable differences;
- Living in separate residences for two or more continuous years, if there are no minor children;
2. Make a tangible plan.
How will life be different as you adjust to your divorce? Are there children involved? Will you need to create a plan for child support or child custody? How will you split up your property and assets?
There are a number of questions you should be asking and answering throughout this process. It is better to go into this new chapter with a plan in mind, instead of winging it and hoping for the best.
If you and your spouse hope for an agreed divorce (“irreconcilable differences” divorce), you will need to figure out how you will divide up time with your children and create a schedule for sleeping arrangements, school and extracurricular activities. This can be a tricky topic to discuss; consider seeing a family therapist that can help you work through these tough decisions.
3. Contact a divorce attorney.
The family law attorneys at Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC have been working with members of the Knoxville community for more than 85 years. Our attorneys will work to give you the strongest possible legal counsel and to help you build a stronger foundation for your future. Our attorneys are committed to helping you.