Collins Legal helps our family law clients pursue their goals and accomplish their objectives. Knowing the law is only half the battle. Understanding when, where and how to make the argument is the foundation of winning the argument. Our family law attorneys extensive experience both in and out of court give our clients a distinct advantage.  This team specializes in litigating, mediating and resolving family related legal matters. 


Uncontested Divorce

If you and your husband or wife have an agreement, you may have an uncontested divorce. An uncontested divorce in Tennessee can save you time, money, and stress and take as little as sixty days if you do not have children and ninety days if you do have children. An uncontested divorce does not require proof of fault by either party.

When both spouses agree on all of the issues, they may be able to be divorced on the grounds of irreconcilable differences on the terms of an agreed Permanent Parenting Plan and Marital Dissolution Agreement.

The Nashville divorce lawyers of Collins Legal can draft the necessary documents required for an uncontested divorce or they can review documents that are drafted by your spouse’s attorney.

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items to be agreed upon by spouses

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contested Divorce

Divorcing couples may not always be able to reach an agreement on all of the terms of a divorce or on or both parties may have grounds for divorce against the other. Because Tennessee is a “fault” state, there must be proof of fault, or legal grounds for divorce, by one or both parties for the court to grant a divorce.

If a couple is not able to reach an agreement, the court will conduct a divorce trial. The court will determine the grounds for divorce from among the fifteen grounds for divorce recognized by the law and will divide all of the couple’s property, assets, and debts, create a parenting schedule, set child support, and set alimony if necessary.

The contested divorce process can be lengthy and stressful, but the caring and experienced Nashville divorce attorneys at Collins Legal can guide you through the process to help you to reach your best achievable result at trial.

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property division

In a divorce, the court must divide the marital estate equitably. The marital estate is all of the property, assets, and debts of the parties, regardless of in whose name the debt or property is maintained.

Certain property may be considered separate property while other property may be considered marital property, depending on several factors in Tennessee law. The Court may also classify the appreciation and/or the change in the value of the property as separate or marital property.

The court must divide the property in a divorce equitably, regardless of fault by either party. An equitable division does not necessarily mean an equal division, so the property may not always be divided fifty-fifty.

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what to expect

At Collins Legal, we understand the seriousness of legal family matters. The stakes of a family law case are incredibly high and often involve matters such as the rights to your children, divorce terms, or whether or not a spouse will need to pay support. Our firm is dedicated to pursuing the best interests of our clients and their families. With over a decade of experience to back us, our family attorneys in Nashville can provide legal guidance through the duration of your case—from start to finish—and aggressively secure your rights to family, support, and assets.

Our firm recognizes that every family is different. When a client comes to us, we make the effort to learn each detail of the case and craft personalized legal strategies, ensuring the best possible outcome. We take pride in instilling confidence when clients put their case in our hands.

If your case did not end well or if your situation has changed since your case was handled, Collins Legal can also handle appeal or modification cases. Things happen in life and changes sometimes have to be made. Whether you need to modify your child support due to the loss of your job or you would like to appeal for visitation rights, our family law attorneys in Nashville have the know-how to help.


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