Murfreesboro Divorce Lawyers
Advocating for Families Rights to a Fair Divorce
Choosing to end a marriage in divorce is no easy decision, and the process can be just as difficult. If you would like to file for divorce, turn to Parkerson Santel, PLLC for legal guidance. Our firm has been helping men and women file for divorce for many years in Murfreesboro, TN. Our legal team can prepare all the necessary paperwork on your behalf and guide you through the whole process. We will work diligently in order to ensure that your interests and rights are protected from start to finish.
Our Approach to Divorce
The divorce process can easily cloud a person’s judgment and create many mixed emotions. With our firm’s legal representation, you can feel at ease knowing that you can make strategic, fully informed decisions with our help. Our firm can also assist you with other divorce-related matters, such as child support and child custody. Parkerson Santel, PLLC believes in a multi-pronged approach to these cases, which can involve fragile emotions, the well-being of children, and complex financial considerations.
We believe that where amicable solutions are possible, that should be the goal. This helps not only to preserve important relational bonds but seeks to protect the family’s assets, necessary for the future well-being of those involved.
That said, when the situation calls for it, we will not hesitate to use our extensive knowledge, experience, and skill to fight vigorously for the rights and best interests of our clients.
Divorces can become so contentious that sometimes they need to be settled in divorce court. In the event your divorce matter needs to be settled in court, you can feel confident by having a legal team with solid trial experience on your side. In fact, all members of our firm’s legal team are former prosecutors. The individualized attention and passionate advocacy you will receive as our firm’s client combined with our aggressive litigation backgrounds could make a difference to the outcome of your divorce.
Fault vs. No-Fault Divorce
Divorces in Tennessee can either be assigned fault or may be considered “no-fault.” There are advantages to both, so determining which is more favorable in your case will require a thorough review of your circumstances by a competent lawyer.
The primary benefit of seeking a fault-based divorce is to secure an advantage in terms of child custody, spousal support, or alimony, and/or a larger share of marital assets. Proving one of these elements can be a challenge, and there is no absolute guarantee the outcome will be favorable. However, in some cases, it may be worth presenting a case for a fault-based divorce.
Grounds for a fault-based divorce may include:
- A felony conviction with a jail or prison sentence
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Attempted harm or murder of a spouse
- Cruel and inhuman treatment
- Willful or malicious desertion for one whole year
Still, most Tennessee divorces are no-fault. This avenue is often preferred, as it allows the couple to avoid a contentious, drawn-out airing of marital business necessary in proving fault. It does not allege wrongdoing by either spouse but is rather a statement on the poor condition of the union. It tends to be less expensive also because it reduces legal battles, and in turn, creates a more civil environment for resolving differences on everything from child custody to property division.
The right avenue for your case will depend on the underlying circumstances of your divorce. Contact us to learn what is best for you and your circumstances.
Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce
A contested divorce is one in which the parties involved cannot agree. It could stem from disagreements about the decision to get a divorce in the first place. Other disputes center on certain terms of the divorce, such as child custody, child support, alimony, allocation of debts, or division of assets.
Contested divorces tend to take longer and be more complex. However, there is sometimes a strong case for pursuing a contested divorce when there is much at stake. It is imperative in these situations to seek legal counsel as early as possible in the process because of the need for extensive research and investment of time.
There is often still a need for legal counsel in an uncontested divorce. The reason is even when couples agree on everything, there may be certain elements they have overlooked. A couple may agree for the wife to take the house while the husband keeps all his retirement benefits, but this may not in fact be a fair split. Having a lawyer review your agreement will at least help to ensure you aren’t getting a raw deal and that you haven’t overlooked anything of critical importance.
Whether we are dealing with the interests of young children or the division of assets it took many decades to acquire, even the most amicable separations should involve a competent divorce lawyer to ensure both parties walk away confident in their decisions.
Discover how our dedicated lawyer can help you through every step of the process. Contact us now to set up your case evaluation. Hablamos Español.