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The Experience And Care You Need For Personal Injury And Family Law Matters

Honest Answers To Your Family Law Questions

Why do I need a divorce attorney? Couldn’t I save a lot of money and worry by handling my divorce by myself?

Just as people with serious car problems go to a mechanic, legal problems are best handled by licensed, experienced lawyers who are dedicated to your best interests. A competent, compassionate attorney should tailor representation to your specific situation and generate customized, practical solutions. During this difficult time, a skilled legal professional promotes peace of mind for you and your children.

What is the divorce process like in Tennessee? I want to complete mine as soon as possible.

Totally understandable. At Todd & Dossett, P.C., we always deliver high-quality legal services in a timely manner. We can expedite an uncontested divorce right away and strive to finalize contested divorces as soon as possible, hopefully with a minimum of ill will between the parties and negative emotional impact on children. Even if a high-asset divorce is litigated, requiring utmost attention to every financial detail, we waste no one’s time and leave nothing to chance in safeguarding your interests.

Will I have to go to court? I don’t want everyone knowing about my business.

This concern is one of many reasons why we emphasize amicable resolutions that help couples and families to maintain their privacy and still lay the groundwork for future cooperation. There is no law that says you have to go to court. Whatever we can do to prevent a trial, and the tensions associated with it, we will do.

How will amounts of child support and alimony be determined?

Child support levels are arrived at by income-based state guidelines, a calculator we can show you. As for spousal support, the court will look at a number of factors, such as length of the marriage and earning capacity, before deciding on temporary or permanent alimony.

The property division piece is frightening. Will I have to give up my home, car or inheritance in order to reach a settlement?

Our knowledgeable lawyers are highly familiar with how to distinguish a marital asset or property from one acquired before a marriage. Interpreting a prenuptial agreement is another way we can help. We negotiate persuasively to increase your chances of recovering your fair share of investments in your marriage, from real estate to retirement income to significant inheritances and family-owned businesses in need of valuation. We look out for your best interests every step of the way.