In the dissolution of a marriage, a divorce represents the process in which the assets, debts and other matters relating to a marriage are resolved. In addition to the division of debts and assets, divorce procedures also determine the custody, care, and future of any minor children. Divorce procedures vary from state to state.
Sharon T. Massey Law focuses on the following areas:
- Alimony or Maintenance
- Property and Debt Division
- Custody and Residential Care of Minor Children
- Child Support
Tennessee is a grounds-based state. No-fault divorces can be accomplished by a settlement of all issues.
In some situations, a couple may wish to pursue a separation in which they do not go through the divorce process but they become legally separated. While sometimes confused or overlapped with issues concerning divorce, legal separation also can be just as complex and an experienced family law attorney can provide you with the assistance you need.
Alimony or Maintenance
Alimony, also known as maintenance, represents financial support made by one spouse to a former spouse. Maintenance can be modified to reflect changes in the marital status of a spouse such as the marriage of the receiving spouse or the death of either spouse. Conditions such as a set time frame (a specific number of months or years for example) or the ability to be modified are all part of the maintenance agreement. Unlike child support, the calculation of maintenance is not governed by guidelines or laws with respect to determining appropriate financial support for a former spouse.
Division of Property
There are a number of factors that courts in Tennessee look to in making a decision about how to divide property held by a couple.
Orders of Protection
To help protect yourself from future occurrences of physical or emotional abuse, if you have been a victim of either of these you can request court protection (also known as an Order of Protection). A protection order legally prevents stalking, harassment or other abusive behavior by the individual named in the order for the period of up to one year.
Tennessee is a shared parenting state. One of the most important elements of any divorce case is the custody of children including mother’s and father’s rights. Because child custody cases can be emotional among other considerations, if you are looking for an attorney experienced in custody matters, contact Sharon Massey to discuss your case.
Guardianship of Minors
Closely related to child custody, a minor child that you are responsible for and is residing with you may need special consideration known as the guardianship. We can assist you to obtain a legal recognition of guardianship orders.
An often contested area of the law, child support represents monetary support by a non-custodial parent to a custodial parent for the care and support of minor children.
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