Flat Fee Divorce

If you’re looking for an affordable divorce, the Walls Law Firm can help. Whether you are pursuing a contested divorce or an uncontested divorce, the Walls Law Firm understands your needs and we are ready to offer you the legal advice and oversight needed to help you end this chapter of your life.  If the divorce is uncontested (both parties agree on everything), an Uncontested Divorce Package may be the shortest  and most cost efficient path to becoming single again.  If the divorce is contested(parties do not agree), we can help get you get your divorce started with a Contested Divorce Package.  

 

Divorce Frequently Asked Questions

To learn more about Divorce, check out our frequently asked questions below.

My spouse said that they would not give me a divorce. Can I get a divorce without my spouse’s cooperation? Can I get a divorce if my spouse does not want one?
Yes. It is often said that it takes two to get married, and one to get divorced. It may take longer if the other person does not cooperate or respond, with the appropriate court motions and hearings.  However, you can still get divorced.   Schedule a confidential consultation with our knowledgeable Memphis, Tennessee divorce Attorney, or purchase an affordable flat fee divorce package to get your divorce started.


How long does it take to get a divorce?
In uncontested divorces, after filing all of their required paperwork, parties can be divorced after 60 days if the parties do not have children (or 90 days if they do have children) However, contested divorces may take more than a year, considering the numerous court hearings, pretrial conferences, depositions, and issues etc. that will likely take place as a result of the litigation and escalation of conflict between the parties.   Schedule a confidential consultation with our knowledgeable Memphis, Tennessee divorce Attorney, or purchase an affordable flat fee divorce package to get your divorce started.
 

Do I have to go to Court to get a divorce?

It depends.  If you and your spouse can reach an agreement, then you may not have to attend Court to receive your divorce.  However, if you and your spouse can't reach an agreement, then a court date is set and you will have to attend Court so a judge can hear your case.  Schedule a confidential consultation with our knowledgeable Memphis, Tennessee divorce Attorney, or purchase an affordable flat fee divorce package to get your divorce started.


What do I need to do to get a Divorce in Tennessee?  How do I obtain a divorce in Tennessee?
There are seven general steps to obtaining a divorce in Tennessee:
1. You must prepare and file a complaint for divorce.
2. If your matter isn't proceeding on a joint basis, the defendant must be served the complaint and summons.
3.  Both parties must fully disclose their finances, including all income, expenses, assets, and debts.
4. The parties must discuss and attempt to settle the issues of custody and the parenting issues, such as health insurance, property division and support, and merely address the future issue of college education, if applicable.
5. The parties attempt to agree to  marital dissolution agreement or separation agreement. This document addresses all rights of the parties and identifies any rights that have been waived. A comprehensive list of all the terms in the agreement is then presented to the court.
6. The agreement is submitted to the court; alternatively, if no agreement has been reached, the case proceeds to trial.
7.  Finally, a judgment is ordered by the Court. The court will issue a final order that the marriage be dissolved and, if the parties have not reached an agreement, the terms in which each party shall abide by.

 

Schedule a confidential consultation with our knowledgeable Memphis, Tennessee divorce Attorney, or purchase an affordable flat fee divorce package to get your divorce started.


What happens if my spouse avoids service of the Summons or Complaint?
If your spouse cannot be found, the court can still grant your divorce. There are options, such as publishing the complaint in the local newspaper and waiting a period of time that must pass before your divorce becomes final. The judge can grant the divorce and custody-related issues, but support orders are a bit more complicated, unless the court can assume jurisdiction over certain property to satisfy support needs. Schedule a confidential consultation with our knowledgeable Memphis, Tennessee divorce Attorney, or purchase an affordable flat fee divorce package to get your divorce started.


Once we start with the divorce process, should I close bank accounts?
While this may seem like a legitimate act of self-protection, you may run the risk of violating Tennessee’s asset restraining order. Additionally, it is important to keep in mind that acts of self-protection often escalate into a full-scale war of hide and seek. Safe deposit boxes are often questioned, gifts suddenly become loans, and antiques or collections suddenly disappear.  Schedule a confidential consultation with our knowledgeable Memphis, Tennessee divorce Attorney, or purchase an affordable flat fee divorce package to get your divorce started.


Can one lawyer represent both spouses in order to save money?
One lawyer can never really represent both parties in a divorce action, but it is not always necessary to have two lawyers. In simple matters, one lawyer can draft all the necessary documents without the need of a second lawyer. However, a word of caution: if financial support, custody or property division is involved, the self-represented party should at least consult with a lawyer and get input before signing any agreement. Misunderstandings about tax implications, merger and survival language, or other complicated issues could later result in unforeseen issues. Click the following link to get a confidential consultation with our knowledgeable Memphis, Tennessee divorce Attorney, or purchase an affordable flat fee divorce package to get your divorce started.


What Is a Retainer Fee?
This is the fee law firms initially charge for taking your case. It is generally not the entire fee that will be due for their services. The hours the attorney spends on your case are typically credited against the retainer fee. If and when the cost goes beyond the initial retainer, an additional retainer check is usually required, or the additional hours are paid for in the manner agreed upon between you and the attorney. At The Walls Law Firm, we offer flat fee packages, so retainers are not always necessary and our clients can be sure of how much their legal fees will cost them.   Click here to get a confidential consultation with our knowledgeable Memphis, Tennessee divorce Attorney, or purchase an affordable flat fee divorce package to get your divorce started.


How much is the initial meeting or consultation with your lawyer?
At the Walls Law Firm, we offer a free 15 minute phone consultation.  Click the following link to get a confidential  consultation with our knowledgeable Memphis, Tennessee divorce Attorney, or purchase an affordable flat fee divorce package to get your divorce started.


Is it acceptable to discuss the divorce with my spouse?
To maintain a competitive advantage, we recommend that you leave matters relating to your divorce, other than reconciliation or co-parenting, to the lawyers if your divorce is contested. What you say to your spouse may compromise your negotiating position and require more work by your lawyer later.   Click the following link to get a confidential consultation with our knowledgeable Memphis, Tennessee divorce Attorney, or purchase an affordable flat fee divorce package to get your divorce started.


Who will get custody of the children?
We do not hold "title" in our children; rather the standard that the court tries to use is what is in the best interest of the children. When both parents are equally fit, the court will usually place the children primarily with the parent who has been the primary caregiver – the one who was primarily responsible for the everyday needs of the children during the marriage. In other cases, the court may order an equal custody split. However, what will usually happen is that one parent gets primary custody and the other a portion of the overall parenting plan.  Click the following link to get a confidential consultation with our knowledgeable Memphis, Tennessee divorce Attorney, or purchase an affordable flat fee divorce package to get your divorce started.


What is the difference between physical custody and legal custody?
Physical custody determines which parent the child lives with most of the time. One parent can have sole physical custody, or both parents can have joint physical custody. If one parent has sole physical custody, the other (noncustodial) parent gets a visitation schedule as part of the parenting plan.    Legal custody is who gets to make the major decisions involving that child. One parent can have sole legal custody, or the parents share joint legal custody.  Click the following link to get a confidential consultation with our knowledgeable Memphis, Tennessee divorce Attorney, or purchase an affordable flat fee divorce package to get your divorce started.


Do mothers always get custody of children?
No. Although it was once presumed that young children were better off living with their mothers, the Tender Years Doctrine has kicked in, and many more fathers now seek custody. A mother now must prove that she is in fact, the principal nurturing parent or that, for some other reason, the children would be best served by being placed in her custody.  Click the following link to get a confidential consultation with our knowledgeable Memphis, Tennessee divorce Attorney, or purchase an affordable flat fee divorce package to get your divorce started.


Can the children choose which parent they want to live with?
To some degree, a child's preference may be weighed in light of their maturity and the reasons for the preference. There is no set age at which a child's preference will control the court's determination. It is only one of many factors when determining the best interests of the child.  Click the following link to get a confidential consultation with our knowledgeable Memphis, Tennessee divorce Attorney, or purchase an affordable flat fee divorce package to get your divorce started.


What can be done about a child who refuses to visit?
Not much. Hostility between parents is often behind the child's reluctance. Forcing the child – either by parental pressure or by court orders – tends to intensify the problem. Counseling is one hope for altering the child's attitude. It is not uncommon for the child to outgrow this reluctance and even to reject the parent who was encouraging it early on.  Click the following link to get a confidential consultation with our knowledgeable Memphis, Tennessee divorce Attorney, or purchase an affordable flat fee divorce package to get your divorce started.


How can I prepare myself for a custody battle?
Getting an attorney is the first step. Start to keep a calendar and a journal documenting everything you do. Recreate the past six months, writing down everything you've done and everything your spouse has done. You need to show the court that you are the primary caretaker of the children and that you are able to parent on your own. Make a list of all the things you do for your children each day. Prepare a photo album with photos of you with your children happy in your care.
Anything you have – journals, photos, school records, bank records – will be admissible in court, even if we need to have them authenticated.  Click the following link to get a confidential consultation with our knowledgeable Memphis, Tennessee divorce Attorney, or purchase an affordable flat fee divorce package to get your divorce started.


How is the amount of child support determined?
In Tennessee, presumptive guidelines for child support are based on the income levels of both of the parents, the number of children, and the issues revolving around child care and health insurance costs. The noncustodial parent typically pays support to the primary custodial parent. Click the following link to get a confidential consultation with our knowledgeable Memphis, Tennessee divorce Attorney, or purchase an affordable flat fee divorce package to get your divorce started.


Can I get child support for my children if the other parent and I were never married?
Yes. While the type of case that will need to be filed will be different, the results will be the same. Marriage, or lack thereof, does not affect the obligation to pay child support. On the other hand, if the parents were never married, there will be no possibility of obtaining any spousal support, otherwise known as alimony. Click the following link to get a confidential consultation with our knowledgeable Memphis, Tennessee divorce Attorney, or purchase an affordable flat fee divorce package to get your divorce started.


Which parent can claim the dependent tax deduction for a child?
When parents divorce, the custodial parent typically claims the exemption, or executes IRS form 8332 releasing the exemption to the noncustodial parent. Some parents rotate the benefit each year, take the benefit for half of the children, or weigh the actual tax benefit received before making any decisions. Click the following link to get a confidential consultation with our knowledgeable Memphis, Tennessee divorce Attorney, or purchase an affordable flat fee divorce package to get your divorce started.


If alimony is part of the divorce, how long will it last?
It depends. In a long-term marriage, an alimony award will last until the recipient spouse marries, the death of either party, or the modification of an existing order when either party demonstrates a change in circumstances from the most previous order. Click the following link to get a confidential consultation with our knowledgeable Memphis, Tennessee divorce Attorney, or purchase an affordable flat fee divorce package to get your divorce started.


Will living with a new partner affect my alimony payments?
Maybe. The issue is whether the new situation is one that warrants a change in circumstances. If you are now co-mingling finances with another person, no longer paying certain expenses, etc., the court may make findings that a modification is warranted. Click the following link to get a confidential consultation with our knowledgeable Memphis, Tennessee divorce Attorney, or purchase an affordable flat fee divorce package to get your divorce started.


How are assets and debts divided in a Tennessee divorce?
Tennessee is an equitable distribution state. It is important to note that equitable does not always equate to equal. The judge has discretion to distribute property and debts dependent upon various factors. There is no presumption of a 50/50 split in either case, but it is the normal starting point, as homemaker contributions are generally given equal weight with financial contributions during the marriage. Click the following link to get a confidential consultation with our knowledgeable Memphis, Tennessee divorce Attorney, or purchase an affordable flat fee divorce package to get your divorce started.


Is my retirement account considered marital property?
Everything acquired during the marriage, no matter whose name it is in, is considered marital property. Additionally, any increase in value of premarital property is considered marital.  Click the following link to get a confidential consultation with our knowledgeable Memphis, Tennessee divorce Attorney, or purchase an affordable flat fee divorce package to get your divorce started.


Can someone file Bankruptcy to avoid child support or alimony?
Generally, bankruptcy will discharge property obligations but will not discharge child support or spousal maintenance obligations. The bankruptcy court looks at the substance of the obligation and not just the language of the decree to determine what is – or isn't – considered support.  An appearance in the bankruptcy court may be necessary to protect your rights under your support order or decree.Click the following link to get a confidential consultation with our knowledgeable Memphis, Tennessee divorce Attorney, or purchase an affordable flat fee divorce package to get your divorce started.


Can every divorce case be settled before trial?
Technically, yes, but it is dependent upon whether or not the parties are willing to work together to reach a settlement. Usually, if a case is not settle before trial it is because of the personalities of the parties or an honest disagreement to the facts or interpretation of the law. In these cases, mediation can be beneficial.  Where only certain issues are contested, it is possible to try those issues and stipulate (agree) on the rest. Click the following link to get a confidential consultation with our knowledgeable Memphis, Tennessee divorce Attorney, or purchase an affordable flat fee divorce package to get your divorce started.


What is involved in a Trial?
A Trial consists of opening statements, direct examination of the witnesses by the plaintiff, cross-examination of same by the defendant, direct examination of the defendant's witnesses, cross-examination by the plaintiff, closing arguments, and the judge's ruling.  Click the following link to get a confidential consultation with our knowledgeable Memphis, Tennessee divorce Attorney, or purchase an affordable flat fee divorce package to get your divorce started.


What is the difference between direct and cross-examination?
When your lawyer questions witnesses called on your behalf, it is called direct examination. At the conclusion of the direct examination, the other lawyer may question the witness further in an attempt to undermine or discredit that testimony by showing inconsistent statements, bias, ulterior motives, etc. This is called cross-examination. Click the following link to get a confidential consultation with our knowledgeable Memphis, Tennessee divorce Attorney, or purchase an affordable flat fee divorce package to get your divorce started.


If there is a previous order, can it be modified?  How do I get a modification?
Yes. Tennessee has what is known as the "material change of circumstances" rule. If the circumstances have materially changed, then the basis for the orders may warrant a modification. Click the following link to get a confidential consultation with our knowledgeable Memphis, Tennessee divorce Attorney.

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