Get a Smart Divorce Blog

Franklin Divorce Mediator Topics

Posted on July 24, 2019

If you are preparing for divorce mediation in Franklin, Nashville, Brentwood or some other town in TN, you will prepare for mediation the same way.  First, get a list of assest and debts.  Then work on a parenting plan and child support worksheet.  Finally, gather information on your monthly...…

BRENTWOOD DIVORCE MEDIATION-COMMON TOPICS

Posted on June 18, 2019

Today, divorce mediation client in my Brentwood office asked me this question, "Do we divide the assets and debts as of the date of divorce or the date we separated?"  Since this is a legal question, I referred them to discuss this with their attorney. But, I also asked them, "What did they think...…

NASHVILLE DIVORCE AND MEDIATION FINANCES

Posted on May 18, 2019

If you live in Nashville and are considering divorce or mediation, focus on the finances. Why? Because divorce is 45% emotions, 45% finances and 10% law. You really need to get your finances organized and understood before you consult an attorney. Why? Because attorneys tell me they cannot give...…

DIVORCE AND ALIMONY

Posted on April 10, 2019

Alimony is a hot divorce topic regardless if you are in Nashville, Brentwood or Franklin Tennessee.  Calculating potential alimony is based on math... What does one spouse need and what is the other spouse able to pay?  Focusing on a very detailed expense worksheet is the best way to determine a...…

DIVORCE AND THE PARENTING CLASS

Posted on March 25, 2019

A divorcing parent is required to attend the parentingf class if they have a minor child or children.  This four-hour class is offered by several companies throughout Nashville and two providers offer an online class.  Many of my clients have taken the online class rather than attending the class...…

Divorce and Tax Issues

Posted on January 18, 2019

Divorce and tax issues are topics we frequently discuss with our Nashville and Brentwood clients because the laws are always changing. For example, as of January 1, 2019 the tax laws have changed and alimony is no longer tax deductible to the payer. Another new change is taxes are not owed by the...…

Divorce and Business Valuations

Posted on December 24, 2018

Getting a family business valued is common in divorces in Nashville. There are three methodologies to value a business - The asset approach (What assets does the business own and what are the values of those assets?), the income approach (How much annual income does the business generate?) and the...…

Nashville Divorce Mediation Process Explained

Posted on November 21, 2018

Nashville divorce mediation typically includes both spouses hiring an attorney. With two attorneys charging $300+ per hour and having two retainers of $3,000+ each, the case starts off expensive and fees increase quickly. Most divorcing spouses do not understand their case will likley not be...…

Divorce Mediation and Alimony

Posted on October 4, 2018

Divorce mediation and alimony are topics I review daily with clients in my Brentwood, TN office. It is not a mysterious topic... Attorneys tell me alimony is determined by 16 factors (length of marriage, education of spouses, earning potential, contribution to the marriage etc.) but the two key...…

Divorce and Dividing Stock Options

Posted on July 15, 2018

Divorce and dividing stock options are topics I frequently review with clients in my Nashville and Brentwood, TN offices.  It is important to understand the stock options are tied to the spouse who is emplyed by the company issuing the options and typically cannot be transferred to the other...…