Memphis Uncontested Divorce Attorney

Shelby County firm assists with marital settlement agreements

Divorce can be one of the most stressful events in someone’s life. Going to trial might be another one. The time and money you spend litigating your divorce could harm your ability to move forward and there’s no guarantee that you’ll get a better result in exchange for all of your effort. At Jack P. Sherman, Attorney at Law in Memphis, I am a skillful negotiator who assists Tennessee clients seeking an uncontested divorce. Whether you already have an agreement worked out and just need someone to handle the legal formalities or are looking for some help ironing out those last few areas of dispute, my firm is here for you.

What is an uncontested divorce in Tennessee?

An uncontested divorce means that you and your spouse agree on terms addressing child custody, visitation, child support, property division and alimony. You might still have serious disagreements over the issues that led to the end of your marriage, but achieving consensus on parenting and financial matters can help make the divorce process much easier. Depending on whether you have minor children and other circumstances, you could petition for an “agreed divorce” where you can avoid a contested court proceeding and dissolve your legal relationship in about 60-90 days.

What are the requirements for uncontested divorce in Tennessee?

Tennessee gives residents the option to file for a no-fault divorce or to dissolve their marriage because their spouse has committed a specific type of marital misconduct. Traditional fault grounds that remain in force include adultery, desertion, cruel treatment and substance abuse. However, as the details are already settled in uncontested divorces, these are no-fault cases based on the irreconcilable differences between the spouses or the fact that a childless couple has lived apart for at least two years. 

Issues to resolve in an uncontested divorce

Though there are several potential advantages to an uncontested divorce, it’s best to consult with an experienced family lawyer before signing a marital settlement agreement. You might be able to obtain much more favorable terms by litigating your case or going to mediation. You can count on my firm to give you a clear, well-informed perspective on your options and the potential consequences of those options.

How much does an uncontested divorce cost?

Every divorce case is different and the specific cost depends on numerous factors. However, whether you’re able to file for an agreed divorce or not, the fact that you can stay away from court will significantly reduce your expenses. This way, you can concentrate on moving forward and using the money you’ve saved to start the next chapter of your life on a positive note.

How long does an uncontested divorce take?

There is a minimum waiting period of at least 60 days from filing to get a divorce in Tennessee. It might take another 30 days or so for an agreed divorce to be finalized. The process could take a bit longer during the standard divorce process, particularly if there are child custody and visitation arrangements that the court must review. Usually, the language of a marital settlement agreement will be accepted without undue delay, but the judge could seek additional input from the parties if he or she believes the terms are unfair or the result of coercion.

Contact a Memphis lawyer for a free consultation about uncontested divorce

Jack P. Sherman, Attorney at Law in Memphis represents clients throughout the Shelby County area in uncontested divorces and other family law matters. Please call my firm at 901-233-3474 or contact me online to make an appointment for a free consultation.