Whether you hope to keep your divorce process amicable or you’re sure that it is destined to be contentious, it’s important to connect with a divorce lawyer Memphis, TN residents trust and to do so as soon as you can. Too often, individuals filing for divorce lack a strategy for their divorce process. As a result, they make missteps that are both common and avoidable. If you have a sound strategy and a knowledgeable attorney guiding you through the divorce process, you’ll be less likely to misstep in ways that could cost you time, money, energy, property, and/or other things that are of value to you.
You don’t need to know for sure which “type” of divorce you’re interested in pursuing before you connect with the experienced Tennessee legal team at Wiseman Bray PLLC. It is our job to listen to your needs, priorities, and goals and to help translates these aims into a sound legal strategy for your divorce process. Our firm has extensive experience assisting clients through divorces that are straightforward, somewhat complex, and truly complex. No matter what kind of divorce situation you find yourself in, our Memphis, TN divorce lawyer team can help.
Choosing the Type of Divorce that Makes Sense for You
If you and your spouse agree on every single term of your divorce settlement (including property division and – if applicable – child custody and child support), our firm can help you to formalize and finalize your settlement so that you can move forward with your lives as quickly as possible. However, if you, like most couples, disagree with each other on some matters and/or are unsure of how to draft an equitable divorce settlement, our firm can help guide you through this process. If you hope to keep your divorce process amicable, we can either work with you as your divorce negotiations are mediated by a neutral third-party, or we can negotiate with your spouse’s attorney directly.
If you have fundamental differences that are unlikely to be solved in a negotiated process or your relationship has been marked by abuse, we’ll handle your “contentious” divorce process by building a strong case on your behalf. We’ll walk you through what a contentious divorce process looks like in the event that this situation applies to you.
Crafting a Parenting Plan that Works for Your Family
If you share parenting responsibilities for minor or otherwise dependent children with your spouse, it’s likely that you’ll need to begin thinking about constructing a workable parenting plan as soon as possible. If there is abuse in the marriage or you otherwise believe it is in your child’s best interest that you have sole legal and physical custody of them moving forward, this process may not apply to you. But even if your spouse is going to have visitation/parenting time and/or communication rights post-divorce, you’ll want to construct a workable parenting plan for a few reasons. First, it will help everyone in your family to have clear expectations for how your parenting responsibilities are going to be divided. Clear expectations tend to lower stress and repeated points of contention. Second, a parenting plan serves as an enforceable way to work out issues related to parenting that may become contentious in the future. For example, if it is important to you that your child attends religious services regularly, this may be a parenting expectation you can think about including in your parenting plan. That way, if your child’s other parent becomes resistant to this idea in the future, you can remind them that this is an expectation that was already agreed upon and isn’t up for discussion unless you both agree to modify the provision mutually or your spouse wants to bring a modification action in court.
If you aren’t sure how to construct a parenting plan that works for your family, know that our firm’s Memphis, TN divorce lawyer team can help you at every step along the way. We typically begin by advising our clients that every family legal dispute involving a child is ultimately judged according to the “best interests of the child” standard. This means that should your parenting plan construction process become contentious and require judicial intervention, the judge will resolve your dispute based on whatever arrangement they believe is in your child’s best interests. As a result, it can be helpful to frame the construction of your parenting plan “from go” in ways that support your child’s best interests. It can be tempting to construct parenting plan provisions in accordance with your own needs, given that you are your child’s caregiver. But ultimately, if a dispute comes down to your needs or your child’s best interests, the judge is going to “side” with your child’s best interests. If you ask yourself, “What approach will be in my child’s best interests?” at every step in the parenting plan construction process, you’ll be headed in the right direction.
Thinking About Virtual Parenting Time Provisions
As our Memphis, TN divorce lawyer team at Wiseman Bray PLLC helps you construct a parenting plan, we’ll advise you to think creatively when doing so makes sense. For example, you may want to make virtual parenting time a part of your plan so that your child can remain more easily and solidly connected to whichever parent they are not with physically at any given time. This can be an especially helpful approach if either you or your parent’s other child is not planning to remain in Tennessee after your divorce.
Legal Assistance Is Available
Even if you’re unsure of whether you’ll ultimately choose to file for divorce, it’s important to explore your options as early as you can. Doing so will allow you to make informed decisions about your finances, child custody plans, and other critical divorce-related matters. If you haven’t already done so, please schedule a risk-free consultation with our firm today. No two divorces are exactly alike. You deserve to have a personalized approach to yours that “fits” your unique needs, goals, and preferences. Our Memphis, TN divorce lawyer team looks forward to speaking with you.