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Clarksville Divorce Lawyers FAQs

What are the general differences in cost between contested and uncontested divorces?

An uncontested divorce is less costly than a contested divorce. In an uncontested divorce, a husband and wife agree on all issues related to ending a marriage. In a contested divorce, a husband and wife do not agree on one or more issues, which requires agreement of the parties at mediation or a trial before a judge.

What is an annulment?

An annulment voids a marriage from the very beginning. In contrast, a divorce terminates a marriage as of the date a divorce decree is entered.

Does adultery affect a divorce case?

Yes, adultery can affect a divorce. Not only is adultery a ground for divorce, it is also a factor in determining alimony.

Can the court make a decision on where a primary parent lives in a custody case?

Yes, under the Tennessee Relocation Statute, the court can make a determination regarding where a primary parent lives.

How long does an uncontested divorce generally take?

At a minimum, an uncontested divorce takes 60 days without minor children and 90 days with minor children.

What is the general process for filing for divorce?

The divorce process is different depending on whether your divorce is contested or uncontested. Contact our office to speak with one of our experienced attorneys to help guide you through the divorce process.

Do parents have custody rights to their children when they are unmarried?

If parents are unmarried, a father may be required to petition the court to have custody rights to his children.

What generally happens when either I or my estranged spouse refuses to sign divorce documents?

If either spouse refuses to sign a divorce document, then a contested divorce must be filed in order to start the divorce process.

What generally happens at a default divorce hearing?

At a default divorce hearing, the judge may grant all of the petitioner’s relief requested in their initiating document due to the non-petitioning parties’ failure to defend the action.

What is the difference between a fault-based divorce and a no-fault divorce?

A fault based divorce alleges specific grounds, such as inappropriate marital conduct or adultery. A no-fault divorce merely alleges irreconcilable differences exist between the parties.

What are the general guidelines of alimony?

The general guidelines of alimony are the ability of one spouse to pay and the need of the other spouse.

How are assets divided in a divorce with no prenuptial agreement?

Assets are either divided by agreement of the parties or equitably divided by a judge.

What do I need to start the divorce process?

To start the divorce process, a Complaint for Divorce must be filed and served on the opposing party in accordance with the laws of the State of Tennessee.

What is a legal separation?

A legal separation is a legal arrangement where a husband and wife to live separately while remaining married.

Count on our Clarksville Divorce lawyers

Our dedication to clients is unmatched.  While located in Clarksville, TN, Bateman & Bateman, PC has handled cases throughout the state of Tennessee and, through association with other attorneys, in many other states and foreign countries.  However, our main emphasis is on representing clients in Clarksville, Montgomery County, Tennessee and the surrounding area of northern Middle Tennessee, including Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, and Robertson counties.

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