Contested Divorce Lawyers in Maryville

Serving Maryville, Alcoa, and throughout Blount and neighboring counties

Anyone seeking divorce has two basic options. When couples can reach agreement on issues of child custody and support, property division, and alimony, they can often negotiate the terms in an uncontested divorce to retain greater control over their futures. However, under certain circumstances, couples need to rely on judicial decisions in a contested divorce to ensure a fair settlement for both parties.

As an experienced divorce attorney in Maryville and one of the most successful mediators in Blount County, I, Kevin W. Shepherd, can often help clients negotiate fair settlements even when they cannot initially imagine having the ability to reach agreement. I also have significant experience guiding couples through the complex contested divorce process.

Choosing contested divorce

Title 36 of the Tennessee Domestic Relations legislation includes a list of 15 allowable grounds for divorce. Uncontested divorce is a choice available to the many couples who file on grounds of irreconcilable differences. Other grounds — such as cruel and inhuman treatment or forcing a spouse to withdraw by offering indignities to his or her person — can create an imbalance of power, which makes it impossible to enter into meaningful negotiations. In cases like these, I may recommend that my client pursue a contested divorce.

Understanding the issues of contested divorce

Few people are aware of how much of their personal life can become public in a divorce. Financial records, cell phone records, even the hard disk drive of your computer are standard discovery requests in Tennessee divorces. Every e-mail you wrote during your marriage and every website you visited can turn up as evidence in a divorce case. If a divorce is in your future, you need a lawyer who can protect your privacy and your reputation.

The level of support you need

As your attorney, my goal is to protect your interests and avoid unnecessary conflict. However, if the other side takes an aggressive approach, you will need an attorney in your corner that is willing and able to protect your interests in court.

Contact an experienced Maryville contested divorce attorney

Before we make the decision to pursue a contested divorce, I thoroughly assess your circumstances to determine if uncontested divorce is an option. I help you make an informed decision by clearly presenting the advantages and disadvantages of each type of divorce based on your unique situation. If contested divorce is the best choice for you, I have the courtroom experience to advocate effectively for you. For more information, or to schedule a consultation with Shepherd and Associates, P.C., call 865-225-9655 or fill out the contact form on this website.