LaFollette Family & Divorce Lawyer
While divorces are a legal matter, the repercussions can be emotionally draining. The LaFollette family & divorce lawyers at Fox, Farley, Willis & Burnette are prepared to represent you through all aspects of a divorce. We can provide legal advice on child support, spousal support, child custody and visitation, asset division, and should the need arise, what to do in a contested divorce case.
Child Support and Spousal Maintenance
Child support is designed to make sure the financial needs of children in a divorce are covered. The non-custodial parent will make pre-determined monthly payments to the custodial parent. The amount is determined based on the number of children needing support and the parent’s combined income.
Spousal maintenance, also known as spousal support or alimony, is court-ordered payments one spouse makes to the other after a divorce. Tennessee passed legislation in 2005 that defined four types of alimony for the state to recognize. They are:
- Rehabilitative alimony – This is designed to help the economically less-advantaged spouse receive support until they can transition into supporting themselves at the same standard of living.
- Transitional alimony – This is similar to rehabilitative alimony, except there is no need for the economically disadvantaged to make changes to support themselves. Transitional alimony is merely to allow the spouse to adjust to the economic changes that divorce brings.
- Alimony in futuro – This allows spousal support to be made in through property instead of money payments.
- Alimony in solido – This is a lump sum amount that can be made in payments or all at once instead of monthly payment made for life, until a spouse remarries, or other conditions in which spousal support may change.
What happens to the children in any divorce is a heated topic. To make sure there are concrete decisions made prior to the divorce, Tennessee requires each divorce to be accompanied with a parenting plan. Parenting plans determine who has custody over the children at different points during the week and year. It also designates which parents will make legal and medical decisions on the child’s behalf. Research done by the American Psychological Association shows that children fare better with a customized parenting plans that accounts for their developmental stages and relationships they have with their parents. At Fox, Farley, Willis & Burnette, our family lawyers will assist you in developing a detailed parenting plan you can submit to the court.
Tennessee is an equitable distribution state, which mean marital property will be split fairly not necessarily equally between both spouses during a divorce. The courts take into account the following when dividing assets:
- Length of the marriage;
- Health of each party;
- Income of each spouse;
- Potential future earnings of each spouse;
- Retirement accounts;
- Bank accounts;
- Debt; and
- Much more.
Contact a LaFollette Divorce Lawyer at Fox, Farley, Willis & Burnette Law Firm Today
If you are considering a divorce or currently battling through a contested divorce, call Fox, Farley, Willis & Burnette today for a free initial consultation. Our LaFollette family & divorce lawyers have the skill you need to get the best outcome in your divorce.