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How should you prepare for your divorce in Tennessee?

On Behalf of | Oct 17, 2022 | Divorce

Before you file for divorce, you will need to make a number of very important decisions. Although filing for divorce can be a stressful and emotional time, taking the time to address important issues before filing can make the divorce process proceed more smoothly.

Consider alternatives to a trial divorce

If you and your spouse are capable of conducting civil conversations, you might wish to avoid a divorce trial. While seeking legal counsel for a divorce may be a good idea, staying out of a courtroom can save you both time and money. Both mediation and arbitration involve a neutral third party who may help you decide on property and custody divisions without a trial.

Prepare a parenting agreement for any minor children

Getting a divorce while you still have minor children requires you to prioritize their living arrangements as a consideration. This process will go more smoothly if you and your spouse still hold civil conversations. Even if you do not, come up with a plan that takes into consideration:

  • Tennessee’s custody guidelines
  • Holidays
  • School breaks
  • Birthdays

If you do end up going to court to fight over custody, many judges will want to see a proposed custody plan.

Collect important documents

During your marriage, you and your spouse likely combined a number of assets, policies and financial accounts. Before filing for divorce, you should gather the following documents:

  • Marriage license
  • Insurance policies
  • List of all assets
  • List of all debts
  • Retirement plans
  • Tax returns
  • Security deposit information

Planning before filing can make a divorce easier to handle

Although a divorce may still be painful, making sure that you are prepared before you file can reduce the emotional turmoil of the divorce. Taking steps to plan for the divorce also allows you to start making plans for your future.

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