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Don't let your dominant ex dominate the divorce

The terms of your divorce can either harm your future or make life a lot easier for you. When you are working on the terms with your ex, you need to make sure that you are setting yourself up for the best life possible, but remember that your ex is likely trying to do the same things.

It is imperative that you think about yourself and protect your own interests. Don't think that you need to bow down to your ex just because he or she was the dominant person in the relationship. Instead, you need to make sure that you are standing up for yourself. We are here to help you accomplish this goal.

Plan for reimbursements and shared expenses in divorce

There are some areas of divorce that are more difficult to deal with than others. One of these is the need to handle financial arrangements with your ex. Trying to find ways to handle shared expenses and reimbursements might help to make this a bit easier.

It is important that you have a contract with your ex so that everything is in writing. This gives you something that you can look at when there is a question about who is responsible for what and how the monetary exchanges are to occur. It can also take the guesswork out of figuring out which expenses require sharing or reimbursement.

Know how to handle retirement accounts in a divorce

A divorce is a messy process, especially when you start to think about dividing up the assets. While it might be easy to decide who gets which car and what to do about the house, retirement accounts might pose a completely different problem.

Retirement accounts can be difficult to handle because their present value might not reflect the true value they one day will represent. But most people don't understand how to determine this future value.

Think about your rights and points to address in a divorce

A divorce dramatically changes your life. When your ex is the one who files, you might not have time to prepare for what is coming, but this doesn't mean that you can't take steps to protect your interests while you are in the midst of the divorce.

We know that you might want to know exactly what rights you have during the divorce. This is something that we can discuss with you so that we can find the unique elements of your divorce that we need to know about. This is something that can help give us an idea of how we need to handle things.

Don't fall victim to these divorce mistakes

The decision to end your marriage is one that can lead you down a road riddled with decisions. It is important that you carefully consider the options for each decision so that you consider how it might affect the divorce.

As you are working through the divorce issues, there are some mistakes that you need to make sure you avoid. Here are some for you to think about:

Find out how Tennessee laws will impact a child custody case

In our previous blog post, we discussed how there are some points in the Tennessee family law system that are changing. New policies regarding child support are leaving some people wondering when the system is actually going to improve. We understand that dealing with these issues is sometimes very frustrating.

One thing that we can't do is promise you that everything is going to be fixed soon. There are numerous things that need to be address when it comes to child support and custody. This means that we just have to deal with the system as it is now and enjoy positive changes as they come.

Child custody and support are evolving, but problems exist

People who are having to pay child support in Tennessee often have to deal with what feels like an uphill battle. This is something that some lawmakers are trying to rectify; however, the changes that are coming aren't being met with full acceptance. There are still many issues that need to be addressed and ironed out.

One person who was at a recent town hall meeting is a principal at a school. He doesn't get to spend too much time with his own children because his petition for joint custody. The reason? His hectic work schedule. In essence, the man feels like his career is the reason he is being punished due to this denied petition.

Virtual visitation: Helping parents parent from afar

Child custody cases are sometimes difficult to work through. This is especially true if the parents don't live near each other or if one parent travels a lot for work.

These cases have to put the best interests of the child first. This can be a challenge because the best thing is usually for a child to have a relationship with both parents. When distance is a factor, there is one option that parents might use to ensure that the child can have a relationship with the absent parent -- virtual visitation.

Negotiations might help you to divorce faster

Almost everyone who is going through a divorce is ready to get the situation over with so that they can move on with life. Whether you have someone new in your life or not, you probably just want to be done with your ex. There is a way that you might be able to get the divorce finalized in a faster manner.

If you and your ex can agree on the property division and all other matters that pertain to your divorce, you might be able to avoid a divorce trial. This is almost always a faster option than having to wait for a spot on the docket to let the court decide the terms of the divorce.

Know what Tennessee laws apply to divorce cases

When you are ready to legally end your marriage, you need to learn about what laws will apply to the divorce. Tennessee laws have some very specific points that you should know if you are going to file here.

The residency requirements for filing here are pretty interesting. There are some cases when no residency requirement is applicable. In other cases, it is necessary for the person to have lived in the state for six months to a year prior to filing the divorce. If you have concerns about whether you meet the residency requirement or if there is even one applicable in your case, find this out before you take the time to file.

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