Divorce and Legal Separation: Finding Correct Lawyer is a Vital Element

In today’s time, divorce is a common threat to marriage. While reasons and grounds may vary, it remains true that it happens every day.

Many studies claim the divorce rate in the United States is around 50%. In fact, according to the website DivorceRate.org, the United States ranks as the nation with the sixth highest divorce rate in the world.

According to Enrichment Journal, the following is a breakdown of divorce rates based on the number of marriages. With these numbers, it can be said that roughly 40%-50% of marriages may end in legal separation.

  • The divorce rate in America for first marriage is 41%
  • The divorce rate in America for second marriage is 60%
  • The divorce rate in America for third marriage is 73%

With most separation situations in Tennessee, it is in the best interest of the spouses to find the correct lawyer. For an uncontested, agreed divorce, there are a few basic requirements and criteria to keep in mind.

Residency. One of the first requirements of an agreed divorce is a six-month Tennessee residency. To comply, both spouses should have lived in Tennessee for six months at the time of filing. There are other ways to have residency, but this is the main one.

Property Division. Another requirement involves assets. In short, the spouses need to agree on property division. If the spouses share real estate or the spouses are part of a business structure, an agreed divorce may not be the best route. That being said, the spouses should have a clear-cut strategy on how marital property will be divided.

Signed Agreement. One of the final requirements, as in most legal binding matters, is a signed agreement must be fulfilled. With no objections and once signed, this signed agreement becomes the cornerstone of the Final Order of Divorce.

Alimony. Alimony is another item to examine when it comes to agreed divorce. If both parties are not in agreement on alimony, then the divorce may be changed from “uncontested” to “contested” rather quickly.

Remember that finding the right lawyer is a critical part of legal separation and divorce. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office.