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Alcoa, Tennessee, Family Law & Estate Planning Law Blog

Could slowing down help make divorce, property division easier?

The decision to divorce was likely not one made in haste. Many Tennessee residents may give this type of choice a considerable amount of time and thought before deciding to go through with filing a petition. After the process begins, some individuals may want to speed through the process as quickly as possible, but that may not be the best option, especially when it comes to property division.

Taking the time to slow down, particularly at the beginning of the divorce process, may help both parties involved. While one person may have given the decision a lot of thought, the other individual may feel as if the news came out of nowhere. In such cases, it may prove beneficial to take a step back and give the other person time to come to terms with the idea of ending the marriage.

On child support payments and the costs they cover

If you have children with your spouse and then you decide to get a divorce at some point in the future, there will obviously be a couple of important discussions you need to have. The first is related to child custody, and hopefully the two of you can figure out a joint custody arrangement if that works for your situation. But the other topic you need to be ready for is child support.

Not every case will involve child support, but when it is involved, the spouse that receives the payments may be under the impression that the payments can only be used for very specific reasons. However, this simply isn't the case. Child support payments can be used for a bevy of bills that relate to the care of your child.

How should I spend visitation days with my preschooler?

Getting divorced while trying to raise a young, preschool-aged child isn't easy. For one, a newly single parent with visitation rights will be struggling to support his or her child to feel safe after the divorce. Secondly, the parent will be trying to come up with activities to do with the child that both of them enjoy.

Some people are naturals at thinking of kid-friendly activity ideas. Others struggle in this department. If you're one of the struggling ones, why not consider the following two ideas to start you off on the right foot?

Child custody disputes can be solved with a parenting agreement

If you find yourself in the middle of a child custody dispute, it's important to understand your legal rights. Along with this, you need to realize that compromise will be necessary if you want to settle all your differences in a timely manner.

While there are times when a child custody case goes to court, this doesn't have to happen. Instead, you can opt for informal negotiations, such as mediation, to ensure that every issue is worked through in the appropriate manner.

Want to move with your child? Learn the following legal terms

There are many joys and difficulties associated with being a single parent. One of them relates to your physical location. Imagine you receive the best job offer of your life, and it's in New York City. It's been your dream to live in New York your entire life, but because you're a single parent, it could be difficult to move out of state with your child.

From a legal perspective, just because relocating with your child as a single parent presents unique challenges does not mean that it will be impossible.

Avoiding financial mishaps in a gray divorce

The rate of gray divorce, or divorce in couples past the age of 50, continues to rise. Once you have passed your 50s, you have likely accumulated a significant amount of wealth and property. That means that in a divorce, you have a lot at stake.

As gray divorce becomes more prevalent, many seniors are trying to manage their post-divorce finances. Some unlucky or unwise seniors stumble into one of the many financial pitfalls that plague gray-divorcés.

Custody mediation: Is it right for me?

Reaching a child custody decision is rarely easy. It can easily be the most difficult part of a divorce, or, for couples who were not married, the most difficult part of dissolving a relationship. When you are going through a child custody battle, you have two options for reaching an arrangement. The first is to go through the court system, leaving the decision in the hands of judge. The second option is to reach an agreement with your partner through mediation.

For couples who cannot work together, it may be necessary to go to court to achieve a custody arrangement. But for other couples, mediation can be an appealing option.

Done writing your will? Don’t forget these 3 steps

Many people believe that once they have signed their will, the estate-planning process is completely finished. In fact, there are still a few important steps that you should take. Wills can sometimes omit important details that can create major headaches for your loved ones.

For example, how will your family access your online accounts? Do they know how to find all of your investments? And what if they disagree on an important part of the will? To make the estate-planning process more convenient for your family, these are three steps that you can follow.

Separation, annulment and divorce: How are they different?

After several years of marriage, you and your spouse are thinking about parting ways. When you are preparing to end a marriage, you will have several options to choose from. Three of the most common include separation, annulment and divorce.

You and your partner are probably researching these options and trying to decide which one is best for you. Every breakup is different, and couples should choose the option that best fits their unique circumstances. Separation, annulment and divorce may seem similar at first glance, but they have very important distinctions.

Update these 4 estate-planning documents after your divorce

Anyone who is going through a divorce knows that there are seemingly endless legal documents to revise. These can include the divorce agreement, the mortgage, insurance policies and many others. When you are updating your legal documents after a divorce, you would be wise to include your estate-planning documents.

Many people do not associate divorce with estate planning, but this is a huge mistake that could affect your estate in the long-run. You should be sure to update these four estate-planning documents after your divorce.

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