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Know your rights and options during an unexpected divorce

You have to protect yourself if your ex unexpectedly filed for a divorce. Chances are good that your ex has been planning the divorce for at least a little while before filing the petition. In a way, you now have to play catch up so that you can ensure that you aren't getting the short end of the stick for your divorce. We know that this is difficult, but being prepared can help you to feel a little less stressed about the situation.

Your credit might be impacted by divorce, plan accordingly

When you get a divorce, everything in your life can change -- including your credit. Your credit report is likely going to reflect the divorce in a few ways. Your debt-to-income ratio will change because your spouse's income isn't going to count on your credit report.

Know specific points about mediation during a divorce

Mediation during divorce is a way that you and your ex can work out the terms of your settlement. Many people prefer this method because it puts you and your ex in charge of what happens during the divorce. Understanding mediation and how the process works can help you to decide if this is an option that you are willing to consider.

We want you to stay focused during your divorce

When you are going through a divorce, your kids have to come first and you have to come right behind them. You can't focus on revenge or anything else. We can help you focus on what options you might have to get the most out of your divorce. We know that the emotional involvement you have might cloud your judgment, but we can help you stay focused on what matters to you.

Uncontested divorce with children possible in certain cases

Starting this year, people who are getting a divorce in Tennessee won't have to file for a contested divorce. Instead, they will have the option to filing for an uncontested divorce, which is often a faster resolution to end the marriage, if their circumstances meet certain requirements. This development could help to save time and money for some parents.

What should and shouldn't I do during a divorce?

You are adult and are entitled to do what you feel you need to do, as long as those actions are within the boundaries of the law. When you are going through a divorce, this is still your right. It might not be the best thing for you to do. Be sure that you think carefully about what you do and don't do if you are going through a divorce because everything might be scrutinized during the process.

The terms of your divorce can impact your new life

It is all too easy to let your heart and your raw emotions run the show when you are going through a divorce. This can actually work against you, especially if your ex knows how to play on those. During your divorce process, we can be a grounding force that helps you to remember to think logically at each step of the way.

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