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Divorce matters have to be handled carefully

Divorces are matters that are complex for many people simply because everything is intertwined when you were married. Coming to agreements about who is going to keep which assets, what will happen with the children and how support payments are going to be made can be a challenge but this is vital when you are divorcing.

There are many different options that you need to consider. It is important for you to think about your case and not rely on what happened with anyone else's divorce. Every divorce in Tennessee is a fully personal experience so what someone else did might not work in your case.

You must try to plan your divorce if you have children

Some people are slapped with divorce papers without any prior indication that there is an issue in the marriage. This can make it hard to plan. What you will likely find is that planning is necessary if you have children. There are several ways that you might plan for a divorce with children, even if the divorce is sprung on you.

One of the things that you need to plan for when you have children is their living arrangements. Where will the kids live? Who will live with them? When will they see the other parent? How will the go back and forth?

Child custody cases can set the bar for parenting relationships

Working through child custody matters is a challenge, but it is possible to turn the situation into a positive situation. How you handle the situation now can set the tone for what is going to happen with child custody matters in the future. Ideally, you and your ex can work together to come up with the terms of the agreement so that you can keep up the teamwork even though you aren't in a relationship any longer.

We know that you are likely going to have some questions and concerns about this process and the outcome. We are here to answer those questions and help you find the possible options that can solve the child custody issues.

Divorce and bankruptcy: A few things to remember

When money is an issue in a marriage, a divorce might be forthcoming. There is a chance that the couple will need to file for bankruptcy. At this point, you must decide if you are going to file for divorce before you file for bankruptcy, or vice versa. This is an important decision, as it can greatly impact your life after the divorce.

One of the biggest benefits to filing for bankruptcy before filing for divorce is that the joint debts will be listed as part of the bankruptcy case. This means that you and your ex won't have to hash out who is going to pay which debts. By filing for bankruptcy before a divorce, you will likely save money since there is only a single petition for Chapter 7 to file instead of two separate petitions.

Alimony payments aren't mandatory in Tennessee divorces

Divorces that involve alimony can be very complex matters. These cases are usually high-asset divorces that involve considerable assets. While the issuance of alimony isn't a requirement in Tennessee divorces, it is often necessary to make the settlement work out the way it needs to. It is sometimes used to help a stay-at-home parent have an income while he or she gets back out into the workforce, which can be a challenge when you are raising children.

Even though alimony and child support are both financial matters, there are some interesting differences between the two. For example, alimony payments are handled differently from child support. Alimony payments come in many different types, such as lump sum, monthly, temporary and rehabilitation. Child support payments are based on the pay schedule of the paying parent.

Take control of money matters caused by divorce

The financial impact of a divorce can seem to linger forever. If you are facing a divorce or have already gotten the final order, you need to make sure that you are taking steps to reclaim your financial stability.

No matter what state your finances are in, there is likely room for improvement. Here are some tips that you can use to get your money matters back on track:

Consider your circumstances during your divorce

The emotions that you are likely going to feel during a divorce will range from being upset to being depressed. All of these are normal, but they can make it difficult to think clearly during the divorce process. We can help you to think clearly during the divorce so that you can make decisions that are in your best interest.

During the divorce process, you can't think about what happened to someone else who was getting a divorce. Instead, you need to think of what your case entails so that you can decide how to handle things. The assets that you have, the reason for the divorce, the career path you chose and the presence of children are some of the points that you need to think about during your divorce.

Address mental health aspects of co-parenting

Co-parenting isn't always an easy solution for the adults involved in the situation, but it is usually a good parenting model for the children. If you are co-parenting, you need to make sure that you are protecting your mental health. The last thing that you need is to figure out that you are suffering from depression or anxiety because of the situation.

One thing that is very important is for you to set clear boundaries. These should extend to both homes and cover areas like discipline and expectations for education. Knowing what to expect in these areas from the start can help you feel more in control.

Make sure you don't fly off the handle in child custody talks

Child custody matters often make for very heated discussions between two parents. When you aren't in a relationship with your child's other parent, you might find that you don't want to deal with him or her. Unfortunately, you will probably still have to work together to come to terms with some of the decisions that must be made regarding the child.

As you can imagine, contentious matters can lead to arguments. There comes a time when you might need to walk away from the discussion. It is important for you to take the time that you need when you have to walk away.

Determine how you are comfortable dividing property in divorce

Your possessions are a hallmark of your accomplishments. Whether you have a high-value portfolio or have a few assets, having to divide these during a divorce can be a challenging prospect. If you are going through a divorce, this is exactly what you are going to have to do. We are here to help you learn about your options and what Tennessee laws say about property division.

There are a few ways that you might decide how property is divided. One of the longest ways to do this is to have the court decide. This can draw the divorce out longer than what is possible if you can work together with your ex to come to the terms on your own.

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