Divorce

Murfreesboro Divorce Attorney

Experienced Divorce Lawyers Serving Rutherford County, TN

Divorce is a stressful process that can be made even more overwhelming when you don't know what to expect. At Parkerson Law, we have years of experience helping clients in Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, and the surrounding areas through the divorce process. We know that every divorce is different and are committed to working closely with you to understand your specific goals and concerns.

Our firm can help you with all of the following divorce-related issues and more within family law:

  • Contested divorce
  • Uncontested divorce
  • Mediation
  • Division of property
  • Alimony
  • Child custody
  • Visitation
  • Child support

Call us today at (615) 392-3012 or contact us online to speak to a knowledgeable Murfreesboro divorce lawyer about your case.


How Does Divorce Work in Tennessee?

There are two types of divorces in Tennessee: uncontested and contested. In an uncontested divorce, both parties are able to agree on all issues related to the divorce, including property division, child custody, and spousal support. In a contested divorce, the parties are unable to agree on one or more of these issues. The vast majority of divorces in Tennessee are uncontested.

Divorce Process in Tennessee

The dissolution of marriages in Tennessee involves a sequence of steps that address crucial matters like property division, alimony, child custody, and support.

  • Filing for Divorce: The process commences with one spouse filing a Complaint for Divorce, stating the grounds for divorce. Tennessee recognizes both fault-based and no-fault grounds.
  • Property Division: Tennessee employs equitable distribution principles, aiming for a fair but not necessarily equal split of marital assets and debts. Courts consider various factors, including each spouse's contributions and economic circumstances.
  • Alimony: Spousal support, or alimony, may be awarded based on factors such as the length of the marriage, each spouse's financial situation, and contributions to the marriage.
  • Child Custody and Support: A child's best interests are considered when making decisions about custody, visitation, and support. According to Tennessee law, parents are encouraged to outline custody arrangements and responsibilities in a parenting plan.
  • Mediation and Settlement: Couples are often encouraged to participate in mediation to resolve disputes and reach a settlement agreement outside of court.
  • Court Proceedings: If an agreement cannot be reached, the case goes to court. After both parties have provided evidence and arguments, a judge will make a decision on unresolved matters.

It is essential to be aware of Tennessee state laws and individual circumstances in order to navigate the divorce process in Tennessee. Seeking guidance from a knowledgeable Murfreesboro divorce lawyer can ensure a smoother and more informed process.

Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce in TN

Contested and uncontested divorces represent two distinct approaches to ending a marriage, each with its own characteristics and implications.

In a contested divorce, spouses are unable to reach an agreement on one or more key issues, such as property division, alimony, child custody, or support. This often leads to litigation, where each party presents their case in court, and a judge makes decisions on unresolved matters.

On the other hand, an uncontested divorce occurs when spouses can amicably agree on all aspects of their divorce. This streamlined process typically involves less time, expense, and emotional strain. In alternative dispute resolution methods, couples can negotiate terms without involving the court.

Uncontested divorces are often preferred when spouses have a high level of cooperation and when the issues are complex. Uncontested divorces are often preferred for their efficiency and reduced stress, even though contested divorce may be necessary in cases of conflict. Regardless of the approach, seeking legal guidance from an experienced Murfreesboro divorce attorney from Parkerson Law is highly recommended to ensure your rights are protected and the divorce process proceeds smoothly.

How Long Does it Take to Get a Divorce in Murfreesboro?

In Tennessee, there is a mandatory waiting period of 60 days after filing for divorce before a divorce can be finalized. In an uncontested divorce, this is the minimum amount of time it will take to get a divorce. In a contested divorce, the divorce process will take longer.

How long it takes to finalize a divorce in Tennessee will depend on the specific circumstances of your case. If you and your spouse are able to agree on all issues related to the divorce, the divorce process will be much quicker than if you are unable to agree and the case goes to trial. In general, you can expect the divorce process to take at least 4-6 months in Tennessee.

Why Hire a Murfreesboro Divorce Attorney?

During the divorce process, you will need to make many important decisions that will impact your life for years to come. You don't have to make these decisions alone. An experienced divorce attorney can help you understand your options and make informed decisions.

When you hire Parkerson Law, you can expect the following and more:

  • An experienced advocate on your side. When you work with our firm, you can trust that you will have a knowledgeable and skilled divorce lawyer in Murfreesboro on your side who will work tirelessly to protect your rights and best interests.
  • A compassionate guide. We understand that the divorce process is stressful and emotional. Our firm is committed to being there for you every step of the way to answer your questions, address your concerns, and provide you with the support you need.
  • Effective representation. Our firm is known for our ability to achieve favorable results for our clients. We have a deep understanding of Tennessee divorce law and will use our knowledge and resources to help you achieve your goals.

Compassionate & Knowledgeable Divorce Lawyer in Murfreesboro

At Parkerson Law, we are committed to providing our clients with the compassionate legal guidance they need during the divorce process. We know that every divorce is different and will work closely with you to understand your unique needs and goals. Our firm will then create a customized legal strategy that is tailored to your specific circumstances. We will fight tirelessly to protect your rights and best interests and help you navigate the complexities of the legal system.


Call us today at (615) 392-3012 or contact us online to speak to a knowledgeable Murfreesboro divorce lawyer about your case.


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