In our previous blog post, we discussed how it might soon be possible to get an uncontested divorce even if you have children. This is a development that many people were looking forward to; however, it isn't going to apply to all divorces. Instead, there are certain criteria that must be met in order for this type of divorce to be used.
Divorcing with children is something that isn't easy. You have to think about your children, as well as of yourself. In the eyes of the law, divorces with children have usually been considered contested so that the issues related to the children could be addressed. Recently, the Tennessee Supreme Court adopted forms and instructions that can allow parents of minor children to go through an uncontested divorce instead of having to be taken through the contested process. The new packet will be able to be used starting on Jan. 1, 2017.
In our previous blog post, we discussed how unemployment can signal that a divorce is going to occur. If you recall, this was the case when it was the husband who was unemployed. We know that finding out that your marriage is ending is difficult in any circumstance. If you are finding this out when you are down on your luck after losing your job, it can be devastating.
There are many things that can lead to divorce, and each divorce has its own reasons. Even before a divorce is filed, there are some factors that can signal that a divorce is more likely than average if those factors are present in the marriage. One of these is unemployment; however, it is only the husband's employment status that matters here.
If you are contemplating filing for a divorce, you likely have time to think about ways that you can protect your interests if you do decide to file the paperwork to end your marriage. This is an important consideration because it gives you time to prepare in a more meaningful way. We can help you to learn about what you need to do to protect yourself during the divorce.
The recent Rio Summer Olympics no doubt gave many children in Tennessee and around the world the desire to become the next Simone Biles, Michael Phelps or Usain Bolt. Most parents want to encourage children whom they believe have the potential to excel at sports, even if it's not at the Olympic level. However, it can cost money -- lots of it.
Child support in Tennessee is based on a number of factors. The state has guidelines that are used, and the judges have the freedom to take other things into consideration, too. Some of the problem areas when determining child support is what qualifies as income. Income includes:
Deciding that you are leaving your spouse is a huge decision. It is imperative that you don't take the decision lightly. Once you decide that you are ready to call it quits, you have to decide when you are going to take the necessary steps to end the marriage. There are a host of factors that come into the picture that can affect the timing of a divorce. You should make sure that you carefully consider each point to determine if it is the financial aspect of the divorce. You have to think about whether you have enough money or income to become fully independent or not. If the answer is no, you might need to delay the divorce filing so that you have the opportunity to save more money. You also have to think about the assets and debts that you have. We can help you to discover if your soon-to-be ex is hiding financial information from you that could affect the divorce.
Divorce is a difficult process, and it often takes months or even years to come to a resolution and final decree. Legally ending your relationship can take a significant physical, emotional, mental and financial toll. It's important to have a support system around you as you navigate this challenging time. Here are just a few people you'll need along the way.
Losing your job is often a difficult thing to experience. When you learn of the news, you might start thinking about how you can minimize your bills until you find another job and get that steady income back. There is one expense that you aren't necessarily going to be able to change -- child support. It might shock you to learn that losing your job won't automatically change your child support obligations; however, it is possible for you to take action to get the support lowered if the circumstances make that necessary.