In this video Memphis attorney Curt Runger talks about common mistakes people make when waiting to long to file for a divorce. View the video below or see the transcript to see Curt’s response to some very important information that can save a couple years of your life.
My name is Curt Runger and I’m an attorney in Memphis, Tennessee and I help my clients navigate the difficult and emotional divorce process by protecting what’s most important to them. Their minor children and their assets so one mistake that I have seen people make over and over and over again is waiting to file for divorce Now don’t get me wrong. Divorce is actually a huge enormous decision that you’re making and I understand that we understand that when you’re making the decision to terminate your marriage to the person that you have avoided your life, or that you would spend the rest of your life with, but I will say this, if you know for a fact that your marriage is over and that you want a divorce, waiting to file can actually have disastrous consequences, especially if you have minor children, waiting to file for divorce. If you’ve got minor children and thinking that you’re just going to stick it out for the sake of the children. Sometimes that can do more damage to the minor children than good, especially if they’re constantly being exposed to you and your spouse fighting back can actually do some long term damage to the minor children. Another disadvantage about waiting to file for divorce is delaying the start of your new life. So, in Tennessee we already have a statutory waiting period for divorce. If you do not have any minor children, you’re looking at, at least a 60 day waiting period from the date that your divorce complaint is filed before your divorce can be finalized. If you have minor children there’s a 90 day waiting period from the date that the actual complaint for divorce is filed before your divorce can be finalized so you’re already going to have to wait the statutory waiting periods so delaying the process and delaying filing it and getting it started is only going to delay you getting a fresh start in your life. Another reason that sometimes people want to wait to file for divorces. They are afraid that their spouse will wipe them out financially after they file for divorce. But the thing about that is, is that in Tennessee when we file a complaint for divorce, a mandatory injunction goes into place that actually prohibits, your spouse and also you for that matter, from dissipating marital assets from concealing marital assets, you know, spending all your money, you know, selling off property, and that action is going to be in place so if that’s the reason that you are considering way to file for divorce. It’s a bad reason because quite frankly the minute the injunction is employees is going to protect you and in the event that your spouse violates that mandatory injunction. They can be held in contempt of court. If you have any questions about the divorce process, please give me a call.
If you have any further questions do not hesitate to call Curt or his team at Douglass & Runger, PLLC at (901) 388-5805 relating to other questions you may have about the divorce process.