Divorce and Separation Options in Tennessee
When couples are divorcing, people erroneously say they are separating. However, divorce and separation are not the same. Separation is a legal process whereby a married couple acknowledges their intent to end the marriage.
While it is an interim step between marriage and divorce, separation does not necessarily have to end in a divorce. There is still time and an opportunity for reconciliation.
Why a legal separation may be a good option
A legal separation can be beneficial because it forces the couple to address how the family finances and childcare responsibilities will be handled during the separation. These decisions also lay the groundwork for the divorce.
If divorce is inevitable, the couple still has to file for divorce. However a legal separation agreement helps assure the courts that the couple is very serious about ending their marriage.
Understanding uncontested divorce
If the opposing parties cannot agree on one or several issues related to their divorce, they must fight out their contested divorce in a courtroom. However if the opposing parties can agree on every issue related to the divorce, they have an uncontested divorce and can reach a settlement outside the courtroom.
Let our Franklin divorce attorney provide mediation
Couples having an uncontested divorce are good candidates for resolving the terms of the divorce outside the courtroom. There is a growing trend called collaborative law, where divorcing couples and others embroiled in disputes seek to negotiate settlements out of court. Using a process called alternative dispute resolution, or ADR, parties to any dispute, including divorce can use cutting edge methods to resolve their differences including:
- Mediation: Where a neutral, third-party mediator helps the couples resolve all issues in the divorce, and a judge finalizes the dissolution of the marriage.
- Arbitration: Where a neutral, third-party arbitrator acts as a judge and listens to the both sides of the argument, and renders a binding decision.
Consult a dedicated divorce attorney in Franklin
Karen Cain, Attorney at Law, is a Franklin divorce lawyer who provides dedicated legal counsel, including alternative dispute resolution and traditional divorce litigation. ADR settlements tend to be faster, more civil, and more economical than traditional divorce court.
If a satisfactory settlement cannot be reached in the non-court setting, both spouses must find new legal representation and start from square one in the courtroom. Attorney Karen Cain can fight for your rights and interests in mediated settlements, or in the courtroom.
Contact us today
If you are looking for a divorce lawyer in Franklin, Attorney Karen Cain can provide you with experienced, knowledgeable, cost-effective legal counsel on all aspects of Franklin divorce law.
The Law Office of Karen Cain, Attorney at Law, is easily accessible by public transportation as well as local interstates, with plenty of free parking. To schedule your free initial consultation, please call our Franklin divorce law firm at 615-467-1804 or fill out our Quick Contact online form.
Karen Cain, Attorney at Law serves clients in the metro-Nashville Davidson County area and all middle Tennessee counties.