When most people think of divorce, images of the traditional adversarial divorce process come to mind — heated arguments and high-strung emotions are to be expected, as are the hefty legal fees that are paid afterward.
However, many people don’t know that there is a much more civil (and affordable) alternative: collaborative divorce. If this is something that you and your spouse may be interested in, here are a few things you should know about collaborative divorce in Tennessee.
1. What is collaborative divorce?
In a collaborative divorce, a couple wanting to end their marriage civilly work with their attorneys to create the best possible settlement for them and their children. Compare that to traditional divorce proceedings, where each lawyer only looks out for their client’s best interests and an impartial judge ultimately makes the final decision for you, your spouse, and your family.
Because both sides cooperate in a collaborative divorce, the family usually avoids the expensive and unpredictable outcomes that a divorce court may offer, as well as the emotional and social fallout that often occurs afterward.
Additionally, the legal team often assists the parents in providing their children with the emotional support they need to get through this period, allowing the couple to maintain healthy bonds with them long after the divorce.
2. What can I expect during the collaborative divorce process?
As the name implies, both spouses work together in settling their divorce out of court in order to take care of their children and maintain healthy relationships with them and with each other after the process.
The spouses and their attorneys attend a series of meetings with each other to determine the best possible terms for all people involved in the divorce, with the goal of eventually reaching a settlement. During this time, financial information and other sensitive details must be discussed, but the relevant information is volunteered from each side rather than forced out into the open by the court.
Although the proceedings themselves are handled by each spouse’s attorneys, because they do not go to divorce court, the couple maintains full decision-making authority.
If they reach a mutually-agreed upon decision, both parties sign a series of settlement documents that are then sent to the court for approval. However, if there is a breakdown in communication, the collaborative divorce process can be stopped at any time. In this case, new attorneys must be hired in order to start the traditional divorce process.
Contact the Law Office of Morgan Dale today
When you’re looking for an attorney who understands collaborative divorce law in Tennessee, turn to the experts at the Law Office of Morgan Dale. We’re here to make sure that your rights — and those of your family — are protected every step of the way during your divorce proceedings.
In addition to collaborative divorce, our practice areas include bankruptcy, estate planning, and probate assistance. Unlike larger firms, we offer personalized and dedicated service as well as tailored solutions that meet each of our clients’ unique needs and situations.
If you’re ready to get started, book an appointment with a member of our team through the contact form on our website. However, if you’d prefer to speak with someone directly, give us a call at 615-975-9174 instead.