Nashville Family Law Firm Delivers Strong, Compassionate Counsel
Seasoned attorneys represent clients in all types of domestic matters
As a husband-and-wife law firm in the greater Nashville area, we know firsthand that a strong family life creates a foundation for success in other areas of your life. We also realize that divorce and other domestic conflicts affect people financially, emotionally and even at work. At Baxter & Baxter, PLLC, we draw upon more than 30 combined years of high-quality representation to provide skillful legal support tailored to your priorities and circumstances. Whether you are attempting to establish fair child custody terms, settle disputes over marital property, or add a child to your family through adoption, our lawyers will pursue the best possible result on your behalf.
Skillful divorce attorneys provide comprehensive advice
If you are ending your marriage, our lawyers will evaluate your situation and help you understand how the relevant law applies to issues such as:
- Filing and grounds — Tennessee permits spouses to file for divorce by citing irreconcilable differences or alleging one of many legal fault grounds. Couples without minor children can also dissolve their marriage by stating that they have lived separately for two years. We can advise you on which option is the better one in your case.
- Alimony — Several types of payments from one ex-spouse to the other can be ordered under state law. This includes rehabilitative alimony, which allows a nonworking spouse to get the training or experience they need to increase their earning ability. If one partner in a long marriage has not worked for a long time, periodic alimony may be awarded, and it can last for the rest of that person’s life. If your divorce is granted on a fault ground such as adultery, it may affect alimony.
- Property division — When allocating the assets and debts of a divorcing couple, Tennessee courts abide by the principle of equitable distribution. This means that judges divide marital property based on what they think is a fair division, though not necessarily an equal one. Unlike alimony, property division is not affected by fault grounds.
Even if you are not sure what action you are going to take, we will clarify your options in a free initial consultation so that you can proceed as fully informed as possible.
Protecting parents and children in custody, visitation and support disputes
Decisions on care and custody of minor children are based on what the court considers to be in the best interests of the child. Numerous factors can go into this analysis, including safety, educational opportunity, and the child’s preference. We will argue vigorously to maintain strong parent-child relationships and establish appropriate visitation terms. Even those parents who never married are legally obligated to support their children financially. Tennessee has a support calculator that can help estimate payment obligations based on each parent’s income and factors such as health insurance and childcare payments. We can identify incorrect or missing information and advocate for the inclusion of imputed income when a parent refuses work to avoid paying child support.
Knowledgeable assistance for divorcing spouses who choose mediation
Ending a marriage creates a financial and emotional strain. Husbands and wives can reduce expense and aggravation by settling differences in mediation rather than in court. We provide the same thorough representation before a neutral mediator as we do in front of a judge and work diligently to reach consensus in an amicable manner.
Contact a Nashville family law attorney for a free initial consultation
Baxter & Baxter, PLLC represents Tennessee clients in family litigation and other matters. Please call 615-256-3529 or contact us online for a free initial consultation at our Nashville office.