Experienced Maryville Attorneys Guide You Through an Uncontested Divorce
Practical support and counsel for couples seeking a less stressful divorce
We’ve all heard the horror stories about divorce: couples who pit their children against each other, or who fight over every single teaspoon, or who seem to go out of their way to hurt one another. It can be pretty intimidating. It can also be pretty frustrating for couples who simply want to end their marriage as peacefully as possible, without all the fuss and muss. If you and your spouse have decided that you’d simply be better off apart than together, filing for an uncontested divorce may be your best option.
At Shepherd and Associates, P.C., we put our more than 40 years of collective experience to work for clients looking to end their marriages with the least amount of stress possible. We offer you honest counsel and advice from the day you walk in our door. As Maryville divorce lawyers, we have helped countless couples navigate the dissolution process in the most efficient and effective way – and we want to help you, too.
What is an uncontested divorce?
An uncontested divorce is one where both spouses agree about the major terms of their divorce. This isn’t to say you’ll start off in complete agreement – some discussions and compromises can get a little more heated than others. However, in the end, you and your spouse have found a way to agree on things like:
Another component of the uncontested divorce in Tennessee deals with grounds – essentially, that the reason for your divorce is irreconcilable differences, or no-fault grounds for divorce. If you and your spouse do not have children, then you can also file under no-fault if you haven’t lived together for at least two years.
How long does an uncontested divorce take?
Tennessee requires at least one of you to have lived in the state for at least 6 months. So, assuming that one spouse meets this residency requirement, your uncontested divorce might only take a few months. This is because of a mandatory waiting period after you file. If you don’t have minor children, that waiting period is 60 days. If you do have children, then the waiting period is 90 days.
These forms can help you get started on the process:
However, not every uncontested divorce moves this quickly. All of your paperwork has to go through the courts, and that means you could be subject to delays. Furthermore, if you and your spouse are dividing a pension, you may need to wait another 2-6 months before that can be officially split.
Do you really need a lawyer for an uncontested divorce?
Technically, you don’t need a lawyer for anything; you can always represent yourself in court. That being said, we cannot stress enough how poor of an idea this is. We know that you’re probably concerned about time and money, and that hiring a lawyer can seem frightening. The truth is, though, that divorce attorneys know how the courts work, understand how to put together rock-solid Marital Dissolution Agreements and Parenting Plans, and can anticipate (and therefore eliminate) a number of potential problems before they arise.
Think about it this way: when your car breaks down, or a major appliance stops working, you want a skilled mechanic or repair person to fix the problem, as opposed to trying to fix it yourself. When it’s time for your marriage to end, you want a skilled Maryville divorce attorney to review all the documentation and help you plan for the future. At our firm, we offer affordable flat fees for our services in an uncontested divorce, so you don’t have the added worry of a steep retainer, either.
The benefits of mediation when it comes to uncontested divorce
Let’s say you and your spouse agree about most of the terms of your divorce, but you’re having trouble compromising on certain elements. You really want to avoid litigation and the courts altogether, if you can, but you’re struggling to find a way forward.
This is where mediation can be beneficial. In Tennessee, the courts generally order mediation for couples with children, but you can still pursue mediation on your own. Working with a Rule 31 Certified Mediator can help you smooth over the wrinkles, and find a compromise that is just and fair. If you don’t want to go through mediation, you can still benefit from our experiences as mediators. While our attorneys will always look out for our clients’ best interests above all, we know how to help you find a path to an outcome that works for you and your family.
Work with a skilled Maryville lawyer for your uncontested divorce
Getting divorced in Tennessee can be complicated; we understand that a messy divorce is the last thing you want. At Shepherd and Associates, P.C., we offer you guided, thoughtful counsel to help you through the uncontested divorce process. To learn more about what we do, or to schedule a consultation time with a Maryville divorce attorney you can trust, please call 865.225.9655, or fill out our contact form.