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.
The Cost of a Divorce
A divorce lawyer in Memphis, Tennessee can help your divorce go as smoothly as possible. While divorces are often bitter and painful, it’s possible to reach an amicable agreement that satisfies all parties. This doesn’t mean that a divorce will be completely open and shut, however. A divorce can severely disrupt the lives of you, your partner, and your children – no matter how easily the proceedings go. It’s important to work together to maintain a supportive environment for your children, but during a divorce emotions can run high and there are always complications, especially when it comes to money and assets.
Divorces always include a degree of risk and sacrifice, and if you have children this sacrifice is amplified. Child support is totally understandable: we always want to do what’s best for our children. However, a divorce can quickly become bitter once you realize you might have to pay spousal support to the very person you were trying to get away from. It’s important to understand these two regular payments, and before you decide to follow through with a divorce, it helps to consult a qualified divorce lawyer in Memphis, TN, about how much of your assets and your income you would risk by dissolving your marriage.
Child Support and Spousal Support
After a divorce, you may find yourself paying to support your ex-spouse and your children. These payments are largely dependent on how much you make per month, and once a figure is decided upon, it can be very difficult to make changes to this arrangement – even in an emergency. Spousal support (formerly widely-known as alimony) is a regular payment that you may have to make to ensure your spouse is able to maintain the same quality of life he or she enjoyed while you were married. This is not indefinite, and there are typically limits to how long you will have to pay spousal support, but it can be a major drain on your finances and cause further resentment between you and your ex-spouse.
Additionally, you may find yourself making regular child support payments. Unlike spousal support payments, child support is explicitly intended to provide for the wellbeing of your children. This means that the money from child support payments is to be used for education, food, clothing, and shelter for any child or children from your marriage. These payments are required until the children turn eighteen. Child support payments are intended to ensure your children still have stable support, but they can also prove a drain on your income and a point of contention if you aren’t even allowed to visit with them often.
Contact a Divorce Lawyer Today
A divorce is always a serious matter, and any financial obligations that can result from a divorce can make the difference between an amicable separation and a bitter, painful battle. If you’re headed for a divorce, it pays to get in touch with a qualified divorce lawyer that can walk you through the process and keep you informed about what you may owe, and what your next steps should be. Speak with an accomplished divorce lawyer in Memphis, TN as soon as you can: Reach out to Wiseman Bray, PLLC.
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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.