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Tips for peaceful divorce in Tennessee

When many people think about the term “divorce,” they envision two former lovers who have reached the point of constant bickering, name-calling and an overall toxic situation. However, there are steps that divorcees in Tennessee can take to keep their divorce amicable. While it’s not always easy, if both partners commit to making a “clean break” of things, divorce doesn’t have to be any more stressful than it already is.

Make your own decision

It’s easy to let close friends and family members highlight all of their negative thoughts about your spouse. However, your marriage is between you and your spouse, not your spouse, you and all of your friends. Even if your spouse exhibits some less-than-favorable behavior, you should be sure that the decision to dissolve your marriage is your decision, and you aren’t doing it to please people close to you.

Maintain a level of respect

Depending on why you are dissolving your marriage, it may be difficult to be respectful to your partner. However, keeping conversations respectful without name-calling and accusations can ensure that things don’t get any uglier. If you feel like you aren’t in a frame of mind to have a respectful, adult conversation, consider cooling off before you approach your soon-to-be-ex.

Consider all your options

Getting a divorce does not have to involve a drawn-out litigation process. In fact, you may be able to finish the divorce process without the case ever going to court. Check on other alternatives, such as court-sponsored mediation, which is often faster and cheaper than going through divorce court.

You should also ensure that you work with a divorce attorney who has your best interests at heart. This attorney can help you by negotiating with your former spouse’s attorney to handle most of the negotiations.

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