January is one of the most popular months for Tennessee couples to get divorced. This is partially because they are trying to give themselves a fresh start in the new year. Furthermore, many people tend to hold off on getting divorced until the start of a calendar year because they want to experience one more holiday season with their spouses and children.
What to consider before filing for divorce
Regardless of when you choose to file for divorce, it is important to think about the financial, emotional and other consequences related to ending a marriage. On average, you can expect to spend $15,000 on legal fees and other divorce costs. Even if you are ultimately relieved to be getting out of a toxic relationship, leaving your spouse can still cause feelings of guilt or shame. This may be especially true if your friends or family members don’t support your decision.
You don’t need a reason to end a marriage
Filing for a no-fault divorce allows you to end a marriage without listing a specific reason for wanting to do so. It is also important to understand that you don’t need your spouse’s permission to dissolve a marriage.
However, you will need to serve the other party with a copy of the divorce petition, and he or she may still be allowed to pursue custody or visitation rights to any children that you share. Your attorney may be able to provide more insight into what your rights and responsibilities are during the divorce process.
If you are considering leaving your spouse, it may be in your best interest to speak with an attorney who may be able to review financial records, a deed to a home or other documents in an effort to help you obtain a favorable divorce settlement. Cases may be resolved through mediation, arbitration or negotiations in addition to in the courtroom.