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Carefully considered legal counsel for your divorce

In family law, divorce is the terminator of marriage contracts. It is a process of dividing marital assets and debts. It involves decisions about sharing the care and custody of your children. The Jackson divorce lawyers at Hardee, Martin & Donahoe, P.A. provide experienced, compassionate legal counsel and aggressive representation for divorce and child custody clients.

Tennessee Divorce Rules

An experienced divorce lawyer in Jackson can explain to you the process Tennessee requires a divorcing couple to follow.
  • Residency. In Tennessee, divorce is a legal option for residents who have lived here for six months or more. The law requires you to comply with strict filing guidelines for documents submitted to your county court. A Jackson divorce lawyer is intimately familiar with these documents and requirements.
  • Grounds. Tennessee has 15 separate grounds for divorce, although the majority of divorces occur using irreconcilable differences between the parties as the grounds. Our courts require your testimony and evidence to substantiate the grounds you select. Without proper evidence and testimony, a judge can dismiss your case.
  • Property division. Our state provides for equitable distribution—the court divides property and debt in its own estimation of fairness, which does not necessarily mean equal. Divorce attorneys in Jackson at Hardee, Martin & Donahoe recommend that spouses develop a property agreement between them so that the court does not have to get involved. People are seldom happy with the outcome if a judge is responsible for deciding property distribution based on the meager info usually presented at court. However, if property division must be decided by a judge, the firm documents and presents evidence to ensure client rights are protected at trial.
  • Child custody. The courts of Tennessee always try to accommodate the best interests of children when they determine custody findings. So many divorcing parents come to custody hearings unprepared. The way to get custody is to show that you are the best choice for the child. The family lawyers at Hardee, Martin & Donahoe help clients work with their spouses to arrive at the best solution for their children. In cases where the well-being of the child is threatened, we come prepared to fight.
  • Child support. Like most states, Tennessee has a standardized chart used as a starting point to determine child support based on both parents’ earnings, expenses, standard of living, and a number of other factors. Your family law attorney can make sure that the child support you pay or receive is fair and proper.
  • Visitation. Many times, parents can come up with a plan that takes into account the needs of the child as well as the wishes of their families. Agreements can be flexible to accommodate individual situations. For instance, grandparent visitation may be granted if the court finds that visitation is in the child’s best interest. An experienced Jackson divorce lawyer at Hardee, Martin & Donahoe can guide you through these decisions.

The Hardee, Martin & Donahoe difference

The Jackson divorce lawyers at Hardee, Martin & Donahoe urge you to do as much as you can to distance yourself from your divorce’s emotional impact. And we promise to offer you the kind understanding of friends. Let us handle the combative aspects of your divorce with precision and legal insight. We can help you get over the ordeal and get on with your life.

When issues involving child custody arise, Hardee, Martin & Donahoe's experience teaches that an interest can only rank as a best interest if it places children's health, safety, and well-being above all others. Ask them about their work as court appointed guardian ad litem (guardian for the lawsuit or action) in Tennessee.

Take your case to trial with confidence

The law firm of Hardee, Martin & Donahoe, P.A. wants to put their experience and passion to work for you. Our diverse team of proven legal professionals includes experienced criminal defense attorneys and workers compensation lawyers in Jackson.  We are also one of the most respected Jackson auto accident law firms.  We look forward to taking your legal problems to the limit for just solutions.