thinking about divorce, but worried about the cost?
When working with a tight budget, many families worry they may not be able to afford the legal fees and other costs associated with divorce. In some cases, a couple will remain together simply because they fear they will be unable to financially cope with the ever-increasing cost of hiring a good lawyer.
At Hollins Law Office, we believe that dependable legal representation
should come without outrageously high price points. We offer divorce
representation at a low cost, so local Tennessee families can afford a
compassionate lawyer even if they’re on a tight budget. With our help,
you can file for divorce and ensure the best possible outcome, while
avoiding obstacles and costly litigation in the future.
But hiring one of our inexpensive divorce lawyers does not mean your expectations and wishes have to be compromised. Hollins Law Office attorneys are dedicated to lead you through the process efficiently.
You can’t file for divorce in Tennessee unless you or your spouse is a resident of the state. Specifically, Tennessee law requires that the plaintiff (spouse filing for divorce) or the defendant (spouse served with divorce papers) has resided in the state for at least six months prior to filing. If neither of you meets the six-month residency requirements, you’ll need to wait to file your case. See Tenn. Code Ann. § 36-4-104 (2019).
Once you’re ready to file for divorce, you’ll need to decide whether you an agreed divorce,
a no-fault divorce, or a divorce based on fault grounds.
An “agreed divorce” is a simplified divorce available to couples who meet the following criteria:
you or your spouse lived in Tennessee for at least the past six months
you and your spouse have no children together who are under 18, disabled, or still in high school
the couple is not currently expecting a child
you both want to end your marriage
you don’t co-own any buildings, land, a business, or retirement benefits, and
you agree on alimony and how to divide your property, and both will sign a “Divorce Agreement” (a contract that settles all of your divorce issues).
If you meet all of the above requirements, then we can proceed with an agreed divorce.