Sep 25, 2014

Tennessee Judge Declares Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Constitutional – and Does So through Divorce Ruling

By |Sep 25, 2014|Divorce, Family Law|0 Comments|

The same-sex marriage ban has been hotly contested not only in Tennessee, but throughout the country. A recent court case brought the constitutionality of the law back into the spotlight when Judge Russell E. Simmons, Jr., of the Roane County Circuit, denied a same-sex couple’s right to get divorced.

The couple was married in Iowa […]

Sep 17, 2014

Modernizing the Parenting Plan

By |Sep 17, 2014|Child Custody, Divorce, Family Law|0 Comments|

Are you divorced with children? There’s an app for that. Actually, there are several apps for that.

While divorce can be a difficult time for a family, technology makes it a little more simple. Modern technology can help minimize conflict and make it easy to communicate ― critical concepts after a divorce involving children. Establishing […]

Sep 9, 2014

“Hands Across the Border” and the DUI Checkpoint

By |Sep 9, 2014|Criminal Defense Law, DUI|0 Comments|

Tennessee took steps last month to pass the DUI Recidivism Act, which allows judges to assign mandatory drug and alcohol counseling and treatment for repeat offenders. But the newest campaign, “Hands Across the Border” (or “Hands Across Borders,” depending on who you ask) shows us a crackdown on DUIs that seems more in style […]

Sep 3, 2014

Separate Sovereignty and Double Jeopardy: Investigating Darren Wilson

By |Sep 3, 2014|Criminal Defense Law, Violent Crimes|0 Comments|

You can’t turn on the news these days without hearing about Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, MO who was killed by a police officer. The evidence is currently being presented to a grand jury in St. Louis, and we expect that this particular case will be taking up a lot more air […]

Aug 28, 2014

Spousal Support 101: Understanding Alimony in Solido

By |Aug 28, 2014|Family Law|0 Comments|

There are four categories of spousal support in Tennessee; alimony in solido, however, is a bit different from the rest of them. Often called “lump sum” alimony, this form of spousal support is the only one that:

Can be paid all at once
Can be paired in addition to other forms of alimony
Does not stop when […]

Aug 23, 2014

Custodial Interference vs. Denying Visitation Rights

By |Aug 23, 2014|Child Custody, Family Law|0 Comments|

A Tennessee woman made headlines in Arizona recently when she and her daughter were founded at a women’s shelter. The news stories claimed that the daughter was “reunited” with her father, and that he’s pressing charges of custodial interference.

Custodial interference falls into the same part of the Tennessee Criminal Code as kidnapping, but they’re […]

Aug 12, 2014

An Update on the DUI Recidivism Act

By |Aug 12, 2014|Criminal Defense Law, DUI|0 Comments|

Tennessee has always had some of the strictest laws regarding DUI/DWI on the books. But in July of this year, the DUI Recidivism Reduction Act was officially passed into law. The aim of the Act is twofold: reduce the amount of repeat offenders crowding our county jails and prisons, and give those offenders the […]

Aug 5, 2014

FBI Errors May Have Gotten Some People Killed

By |Aug 5, 2014|Criminal Defense Law|0 Comments|

In 2012, the FBI and Department of Justice launched a massive investigation into 2600 cases – including 45 death row convictions – stemming from the 1980s and 1990s. But after finding evidence of flawed forensic information in 160 cases, the FBI shut the review process down. The Washington Post reports that “According to the […]

Jul 28, 2014

How Long Will My Divorce Take?

By |Jul 28, 2014|Divorce, Family Law|0 Comments|

Once you’ve made the difficult decision to divorce, you may wonder just exactly how long the whole divorce process will take from start to finish. That is a good question, but one for which there is no uniform answer. Many different factors can speed up or slow down a divorce. Some of those factors […]

Jul 19, 2014

Implied Consent and Breathalyzer Tests

By |Jul 19, 2014|Criminal Defense Law, DUI|0 Comments|

When you are stopped for an alleged drunk driving charge, one of the first things the police officer asks you to do is to submit to a Breathalyzer (or Alco-Sensor) test. The question comes up constantly: Am I required to take the test, and what are the consequences of refusing?

The short answer is no: […]