Family Law

Family Law

At the Law Office of Raquel A. Abel, we understand the difficulties that families face when dealing with life-changing issues. Divorces and custody are one of the law’s most difficult problems as the spouses or parents are often at odds, and children are often struggling to cope with the changes that are happening to their families and their lives. We have tailored our services to meet the needs of today’s families. We offer solutions – and pricing – to match the specific circumstances of our clients. Ms. Abel’s life experiences, combined with her experience as a lawyer, enable her to empathize with her clients and to creatively develop legal solutions for their unique family.

Litigation or Agreement?

At the Law Office of Raquel A. Abel, we believe that it may not always be in the best interest of our clients to dash to the courtroom, especially in divorce or custody cases. After a consultation with Ms. Abel, you will have a clear set of legal options, either proceeding with an attorney or representing yourself. If your case can be resolved by agreement, Ms. Abel will negotiate an agreement that best serves your and your family’s needs. If your case cannot be resolved by agreement, Ms. Abel is a strong advocate in the courtroom and will fight for your rights and interests.

We provide our clients with assistance and counsel on issues regarding divorce, child custody, and child support and spousal maintenance. Raquel Abel is dedicated to providing clients with a professional experience where they are treated with respect. She is also a tireless advocate for them in and out of the courtroom. Call her today for a free consultation and an honest assessment of what she can do for you.


In Tennessee, you can get a divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences and can ask the Court to enter divorce, property, custody and support orders based on the agreements of the parties. If you want your divorce to be by agreement, then Raquel Abel can help you negotiate those agreements, ensuring that your interests are protected and that you have a reasonable and equitable outcome to your divorce.

Sometimes people may want an amicable divorce, but are forced into a contested divorce. You may need to litigate in order to obtain a divorce that is fair and equitable for you, and that protects and serves the best interests of your children. Ms. Abel is an experienced litigator who battles in court to protect the interests and rights of her clients.

Ms. Abel recognizes that litigation can be expensive. She works with you to develop a litigation plan that will minimize the cost of the litigation as much as possible, while ensuring that your rights and interests are protected. Call today for a free consultation.

Property Division and Spousal Support

In Tennessee, the Court enters a Marital Dissolution Agreement, specifying how property and debts are divided and setting forth any spousal maintenance that is ordered. This is an important document and it is essential you understand your rights, whether you are making an agreement on these issues, or asking the Court to decide these issues. Whether you are filing your divorce on your own, making an agreement with the assistance of an attorney, or litigating these important and often difficult issues, you need informed advice from an experienced attorney. Raquel A. Abel will ensure that you have an informed understanding of these issues so that you can decide the best means for ensuring that your rights are protected.


Courts mandate that custody decisions be based on what is in the best interests of the children. In Tennessee, parents are required to use a Parenting Plan form to identify the primary residential parent, and to set forth the residential schedule for each parent. At the Law Office of Raquel A. Abel, we help our clients achieve a parenting plan that will work for their unique family. Raquel A. Abel has the experience to guide you in developing or seeking from the Court a plan that will help your children thrive.

Child Support

A parenting plan will also speak to other matters besides legal and physical custody. A parenting plan specifies the amount each parent will pay to support the children, who will be responsible for health care costs or the beneficiaries of life insurance policies.

Financial issues are often the most contentious to manage in a divorce case. The spouses may not be able to agree on anything. That’s when our clients can rely on Raquel Abel’s ability to make a reasoned argument to the bench.