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Plan for divorce before you suggest it to your spouse

You married your spouse a long time ago. You were both young, and you both had lots in common. Today, that's no longer the case.

You haven't had children, but you have both excelled in your careers. You barely see one another, and you're not exactly sure what you are doing together. With no real relationship to speak of, you're ready to move on and find someone else. However, you're not sure how to prepare.

Let us help you with your marital property settlement

Are you struggling to keep your cool while dividing the assets in a divorce? Other than contested custody matters, dividing the marital property in a divorce causes the most dissension between couples. This is especially true when there are many high-value assets and resources to divide.

We can help you devise a viable strategy to pursue the property that you want to keep in your divorce. Maybe it's the family home. We will review the value of the marital assets after they are independently appraised, crunch the numbers and allow you to weigh the pros and the cons of keeping each.

Is it possible to retain custody with a mental illness?

Parenting your child after a divorce is challenging under any circumstances, but for parents who are battling mental illnesses, it can prove an insurmountable burden in some cases.

Statistics indicate that two-thirds of kids who have a parent diagnosed with a mental illness are not being reared by that parent. This is important because Tennessee is one of the states where the parents' mental status is considered when determining custody of the children.

Why seeking sole custody might not be a good idea

There are some situations where seeking sole custody is not just possible — it is necessary. If you are divorcing a spouse who has been abusive or neglectful to the children, or who has a drug or alcohol addiction that causes them to behave unsafely when they are with the kids, you have to do everything within your power to make sure that the court awards sole custody to you.

In the most egregious cases of neglect, abuse or addiction, the other parent may only be awarded supervised visitation with the kids. But the truth is that those cases are few and far between. Tennessee family law courts take the view that children thrive best when they have unfettered access to both of their parents.

Consider mediating your Tennessee divorce

Divorce can be a humbling experience in the best of circumstances. When it's particularly acrimonious, with hurled insults or salacious allegations, it's a far worse scenario.

One of the worst aspects of such divorces is that the records are public and available to pretty much anyone with the time and curiosity to go poke through courthouse records. That's rarely reassuring to those who have the most intimate details of their marital life laid bare.

Building a strong parenting agreement

It is never easy for parents to negotiate dividing up time with their child, even when everyone involved wants a civil, respectful divorce or separation. The time we get to spend with our children is one of the most precious things we have, and many parents feel pulled to seek as much custody time with their child as they can obtain, whether it is best for the child or not.

As you and your child's other parent navigate these difficult areas, it is important to keep the best interests of your child in mind. Not only does a child-centered parenting agreement ensure that the child's best interests remain protected, it also demonstrates to family courts that both parents have their priorities in line. At the same time, it is important to understand your own needs and limitations, to help keep your parental rights secure as your child grows into an adult.

Don't struggle over summer custody issues

Summer custody arrangements can foil even the most well-intentioned parents if they fail to plan ahead. This is especially true for those parents who have just divorced or split up with their former partners.

While it might not be so easy to navigate the shoals of summer custody, it's a necessary skill to develop if you want to enjoy a peaceful summer with your kids. Below are some suggestions for making it happen.

Help! I'm divorcing a narcissist

It might not have been evident before you got married, but at some point after your wedding, it became apparent that you married a narcissist. When you decide to finally pull the plug on a no longer tenable marriage, you can also expect your spouse's narcissistic behavior to increase.

Divorcing a narcissistic spouse may be as tough as it is necessary. They will often use every tool in their considerable arsenals to muddy the waters and delay the process much longer than necessary as a means of retaining control.

How can I find hidden assets from my marriage?

If you're facing a Tennessee divorce, you may discover during the process that it appears as if some of your marital assets have disappeared or at least dissipated. Could your soon-to-be ex-spouse be playing fast and loose with your jointly owned property?

In some cases, that, unfortunately, might be the culprit. Divorce tends to bring out the worst in some people, and your former spouse could be feathering their future nest with your property.

Beware of these parenting mistakes after divorce

Being a parent is a tough but vitally important job. Being a divorced parent ups the ante considerably, which is compounded by the upheaval the children experience when their parents split up.

As parents, it can be challenging to navigate through the shoals of a divorce. Mistakes get made and the damage can be extensive. But one way of mitigating some of the damage from divorce is to avoid these common parenting mistakes:

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