Middle Tennessee Divorce Attorney Serving Nashville and Surrounding areas
People who are going through a divorce are understandably apprehensive. One of the things an experienced lawyer can do for you is answer your questions and address your concerns. Many people have unrealistic fears about what will happen. We work in Middle Tennessee Divorce Courts every day. Our practice includes divorce law in Nashville, Franklin, Columbia, Gallatin, Murfreesboro and Smyrna.
At Middle Tennessee Family Law in Nashville, Tennessee, our lawyers offer a free initial consultation to discuss your divorce. We will listen carefully to find out what you want to get out of divorce, since the legal process is not about doing things our way but about helping you reach your goals.
Most divorces end up in a mediation when the two parties cannot reach an agreement. However, our attorneys prepare for trial in case mediation is not successful.
How Will My Property Be Divided?
In Tennessee, the property you had before your marriage is considered separate property and is yours to keep. All assets acquired during your marriage, with the exception of gifts and inheritances, are considered marital property and are divided according to the law of equitable division. Equitable does not necessarily mean “equal.” It means fair. A court could decide that an unequal split is fair based on issues such as earning potential and the amount of separate property each person has.
The line between marital property and separate property is not always black and white. For example, if you contributed to a separate property business, a portion of the business could be considered marital property. Our attorneys are experienced in handling divorces that involve significant assets, including intellectual property such as a songwriter’s catalog.
Will I Pay/Receive Alimony?
Tennessee courts may award alimony (also called spousal maintenance or support) in cases where one party has a financial need and the other has the ability to pay. There are four types of alimony:
- Alimony in futuro, which is periodic payments to enable a spouse to maintain the lifestyle he or she enjoyed during the marriage
- Rehabilitative alimony, is support to help a spouse obtain education or training to increase his or her earning capacity
- Transitional alimony, to give the lower-earning spouse time to adjust to being self-supporting
- Alimony in solido, which is a lump sum payment that can be negotiated between the parties
Free Consultation: Divorce Attorney serving Nashville, Franklin, Gallatin, Murfreesboro, Columbia, Lebanon, Mount Juliet, and surrounding areas.
To speak to a Nashville family law attorney at our firm, call 615-771-6944 or send us an e-mail using the form on this website. We are located in the Pilcher Building in historic downtown Nashville.
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