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There Are Many Ways to Save When Doing Your Own Divorce in Tennessee

The best way to save money is by doing your own uncontested Tennessee divorce and coming to a fair settlement with your spouse through careful negotiations. You know your situation best, which is why you and your spouse can hash out your own agreement. Using 3StepDivorce.comTM to memorialize your agreement and prepare your required divorce papers saves you money and time.

Here are some other ways Tennessee couples an save money and reduce costs when filing their own divorce

Tennessee Courts Want You to Be Organized During Your Divorce

Wasting time can mean wasted money, and keeping copies of all the documents you need to have notarized and file with the courts is good organization that will pay off in the long run. Also you should keep copies of everything returned from the court, because it is not unusual to go to court and learn that divorce papers are missing or have been misfiled. Keeping the documents in an accordion type file folder is ideal for easy and quick reference. Keeping your Tennessee divorce papers in an organized fashion helps the Clerk be more efficient since he or she does not have to take a lot of time sorting through the paperwork you submit to them. When they ask for a specific document you should be able to deliver it quickly.

Some Tennessee Divorce Papers Must be Notarized

Some of your paperwork for Tennessee will require the signature of a notary. The primary documents that must be notarized will be the Complaint for Divorce, the Marital Dissolution Agreement, Affidavit of Proof for Stipulated Judgment, and Waiver of Citation. There will be a document for a corroborating witness and this document is notarized with his or her signature as well. The simple and smart thing to do is shop for a less expensive notary and one close to home. Notary fees are typically capped by the state but you may be able to check with your local bank, as they may offer a notary service to its customers for free as long as your have a current checking or savings account. Or ask around at work, some companies have in-house notaries who may be willing to notarize your documents at a reduced cost or even for free. This is worth checking on as notary fees can add up if you let them.

Paying Taxes in Tennessee Upon Divorce

As a divorced person, you can now choose to file your taxes the last year you were married, singly. If you do so, remember that you may be considered in a different tax bracket than when you filed jointly with your spouse as a married couple. The parent who files head of household is the only parent who can benefit from the childcare deductions, so the sis typically agreed upon as part of the divorce in the Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA).

Filing Your Required Tennessee Divorce Papers by Mail

The plaintiff files the divorce papers with the Clerk of Court’s office in the county where he or she lives. The Tennessee courts charge a fee to file the divorce papers. This fee gets your case in the court system with an official case number. You may be able to save time by finding out of the court has a mail-in procedure so you don’t have to go to the court personally. Make sure, if the court does have a mail-in procedure that you follow these requirements. Otherwise you may be making a trip to the courthouse anyway because of filing errors.

Having Your Court Filing Fee Waived

In Tennessee, the spouses split the cost of filing for divorce. If the parties are unable to pay the fee required to file the papers, then the plaintiff may file a Request to Postpone Filing Fees and Order. If the request is approved, the plaintiff does not pay filing fees at the time of filing but may be required to pay them at the end of the case.

Serving Your Tennessee Divorce Papers

Waiver of service of process ultimately keeps down your expenses. In Tennessee, the defendant can sign a waiver of service of process, acknowledging receipt of the paperwork by mail.

If the person receiving the Request for the Waiver of Service of Process refuses to accept service by mail and refuses to sign the waiver, the person seeking to serve the papers may ask the Court to assess the costs of the process server to the person refusing to sign the waiver. Otherwise, The plaintiff normally serves the divorce complaint on the defendant by using the county’s sheriffs department, or a private process server. Remember, for both parties the idea is to try and keep costs down, the defendant waiving service and accepting the documents is the most cost effect way in this instance.

Getting Legal Help in Tennessee

You may feel you have an issue that needs to be addressed by a lawyer. There are legal aid offices that may be able to connect you with a lawyer who answers a question or two and won’t charge a lot of money or maybe will offer you a consultation for free just to get some issues addressed. This by no means you cannot do your own divorce, you are simply getting some questions cleared up before proceeding with your own divorce.

Choosing Divorce Mediation To Resolve Your Disputed Issues

You may feel you can no longer do your own divorce if you and your spouse have come to an issue in your negotiations. This is simply not true. You still have the ability to do your own divorce; you may simply need the help of a neutral third party, a mediator, to help you both come to a settlement on this issue. Couples who hit a roadblock in negotiations sometimes turn to mediation. Resolving issues can often outweighs the mediator’s fees. Litigating the issue will always cost you more money.

A Simple Divorce Process
Step 1 See if you qualify & create account!
Step 2 Answer the questions at your own pace.
Step 3 Print, sign and file your divorce forms with your local court (instantly review & print your forms online or have them sent US Priority Mail at no additional charge).

START HERE

Only $299 (flat-fee)

or 2 monthly payments of $157
or 3 monthly payments of $109
or 4 monthly payments of $84
Payment Options Do Not Delay Divorce
Instant Delivery - Instant Changes
100% Guarantee of Court Approval
or Your Money Back
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