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Clarksville Divorce Attorneys

Compassionate Assistance through Divorce in Tennessee

We understand that making the decision to file for divorce can be overwhelming and emotionally taxing. Our Clarksville divorce attorneys can help you navigate this part of your life and relieve you of some of the stress you may be left to deal with. A divorce does not have to consume your life.

Since 1929, the attorneys of Runyon & Runyon have advised their fellow community members in the Clarksville area about their most sensitive family matters, including divorce. Runyon & Runyon emphasizes the personal client attention that is necessary during a divorce.

The divorce attorneys help you consider your matter, not just in technical legal terms, but with respect to real-world concerns. Runyon & Runyon regularly assists clients in understanding how the law operates, not only in the courtroom but also in the context of emotional and economic costs.

Don't navigate the family law court system by yourself. Our knowledgeable Clarksville divorce lawyers offer FREE case reviews. Call (931) 805-4445 today to discuss the details of your divorce.

Applying For Divorce in Tennessee

If you are considering applying for divorce in Tennessee, it is important that you or you partner have married in Tennessee for at least six months prior to filing for divorce. It is not required that you have a divorce attorney, but in our experience, we recommend that you have an attorney in your corner. When it comes down mediation or alimony, our Clarksville divorce lawyers can help ensure that you are treated with respect and receive a fair settlement.

How Long Does Divorce Take in Tennessee?

A no-fault, mutual-consent divorce takes around two to six months. If you had children in the marriage, there is a mandatory 60-day “cooling off” time period after you file. This means if you have children, your divorce will take a minimum of 90 days.

A contested divorce in Tennessee, however, can last years. The average divorce case lasts a year or more. Additionally, if the couple agrees to divide a pension, it could take an additional 60-180 days after the court grants the divorce to complete the division of property.

Tennessee No-Fault Divorce

Tennessee laws allows for both fault or no-fault grounds for divorce.

Examples of no-fault divorce include:

  • Irreconcilable differences
  • Living in separate residences
  • Not cohabiting for at least 2 years

Our Approach to Divorce

The firm's strategic approach to divorce only succeeds because of the stability of the firm itself. Not only is the firm itself a family, but the staff of the firm has been with the firm for roughly a decade.

Our Clarksville family lawyers understand how to place the law within that larger context of everyday life for all of its clients because it lives it out in its own practice. For this reason, clients can depend on Runyon & Runyon for open and candid advice.

This approach finds its expression, of course, in simple everyday actions such as:

  • Promptly returning communications
  • And having a human being answer the phone and maximizing client access to the legal resources they need

Runyon & Runyon, therefore, provides its clients with a fully staffed and heavily experienced legal team capable of meeting these high expectations.

Does a Fault-Based Divorce Require More Evidence?

Tennessee’s approach to a no-fault divorce is termed irreconcilable differences. Yet state law also lists a number of fault-based grounds, such as impotence, adultery, abandonment, cruel and inhuman treatment, and other grounds.

Is the distinction between a divorce on fault or no-fault grounds significant? As a law firm that has helped many clients through both amicable and contentious divorces, the ground(s) stated in the divorce filing can make an impact.

  • For starters, a fault-based divorce requires the court to hear evidence in support of the alleged ground before granting the divorce. That burden of proof does not apply in a no-fault divorce citing irreconcilable differences.
  • Going the no-fault approach may also create an environment more favorable to producing settlement agreements. The process used to reach agreement on issues such as property division, debts, child custody, and/or support is not strictly specified. Whether parties informally met with their attorneys, requested a mediator or enlisted a variety of collaborative law techniques, the end product generally must be a written settlement agreement.

After the parties’ agreements on the material divorce terms have been reduced to writing, the court will review the proposed settlement. That process generally includes a hearing where the judge may ask certain questions of each party. The purpose of that hearing is for the court to ensure that the negotiation process was fair. Typical safeguards generally include whether each party understands the proposed agreement and whether the terms blatantly or unduly take advantage of another party.

Experienced & Knowledgeable Clarksville Divorce Lawyers

As a result, the firm's clients receive representation structured around their specific concerns, with their specific goals. This client-centered and results-driven orientation enables the clients to understand how to best allocate their emotional and economic resources during a divorce matter so as to maximize the likelihood of a satisfactory outcome, not just legally, but for the well-being of the family.

Discuss your questions with the experienced Clarksville family law attorneys of Runyon & Runyon by calling to schedule an initial consultation: call (931) 805-4445. Prospective clients may also contact the firm online to make an appointment. All communications remain entirely confidential.

To speak with our experienced Clarksville divorce attorney about your case, contact our firm online today or give us a call at (931) 805-4445.

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Learn What Our Past Clients Say About Us
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