A Collaborative Divorce is NOT the same as Uncontested Divorce in Tennessee
While there are many similarities between an uncontested Tennessee divorce and a collaborative divorce, they are NOT the same matter, nor are they settled in the same process. Before you make the decision to file for divorce, it’s important to understand the differences between these two methods.
Perhaps the most important difference is that an uncontested divorce may still have to go before the court. The purpose of a collaborative divorce is to avoid the court completely through the settlement process. An uncontested divorce will still require appearances before a family law judge to assess a final decision on your case.
With an uncontested divorce, it IS possible to settle without the help of a divorce lawyer, but it is not so with a collaborative divorce. You must have a divorce lawyer acting on your behalf to enter the negotiation process with your ex-spouse’s lawyer. This is done not only to help provide you with legal guidance, but also to protect you from being taken advantage of in the settlement process.
While both forms of divorce are generally more amicable than a contested divorce, they are not without some negotiation and frustration. By working with your divorce lawyer and letting him or her take the initiative in the negotiations for your divorce settlement, you can focus on getting your life back on track.
There is more to know about collaborative divorce, aside from the advantages it may have over other types of divorce in Tennessee. You should make every effort to educate yourself about the divorce process before making a move – and that education can begin by talking to a local divorce lawyer.
Get Professional Help with Your Collaborative Divorce
To protect your assets and family’s future, you never want to go into divorce proceedings alone. Your divorce lawyer is especially important in a collaborative divorce if you’re going to make it through the process quickly and with as little hassle as possible.
At the Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC, our team is here to help you and your family through the divorce process with the highest respect and care. We focus on both the emotional and financial burdens you may face during this time and help ease the stress on your personal life.
For more information about collaborative divorce, read Collaborative Law Divorce in Tennessee and Collaborative Agreements.