Jan 19, 2015

The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act and Relocation

By |Jan 19, 2015|Child Custody, Family Law|0 Comments|

Families with children face some different legal challenges, especially when one parent no longer resides in the same state. To help make the process easier for parents and for the courts, Tennessee (along with 48 other states) adopted the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), which grants exclusive jurisdiction rights to the […]

Jan 12, 2015

Don’t Leave Your End of Life Decisions for the End of Your Life

By |Jan 12, 2015|Estate Planning|0 Comments|

The world has shared the agony of Nelson Mandela’s family members as they struggle with the difficult choices that accompany the end of life. Any decision they make will come under the public spotlight, and absent written instructions, the choice is theirs to make. Although not much is known about Mandela’s condition, the media […]

Jan 5, 2015

What Is Collaborative Law?

By |Jan 5, 2015|Divorce, Family Law|0 Comments|

Generally speaking, collaborative law is a form of alternative dispute resolution, and is a relatively new way of protecting legal clients’ needs. Instead of fighting a battle in a courtroom, two parties agree not to litigate, and instead allow their lawyers to serve as advocate partners. Its success in resolving conflicts in the areas […]

Dec 22, 2014

College Funds and Divorce: The 529 Investment Plan

By |Dec 22, 2014|Divorce, Family Law|0 Comments|

Divorce can often be hardest on your children. When you are drafting your divorce settlement, it is a good idea to provide for your children’s educational future in order to avoid conflict and confusion further down the road.

In Tennessee, contributions to a college fund must be specified by a court order and voluntarily agreed […]

Dec 16, 2014

A New Tennessee Law Criminalizes Mothers who Abuse Drugs During Pregnancy

By |Dec 16, 2014|Criminal Defense Law, Drug Crimes|0 Comments|

A Tennessee law that went into effect on July 1, 2014, would allow a woman to be charged with assault for the harm her drug use has inflicted on her child. State officials thought that this was the best course of action to stem the tide of infants born dependent on drugs. On July […]

Dec 4, 2014

Driving Drunk? Please Don’t Bring the Kids Along

By |Dec 4, 2014|Criminal Defense Law, DUI, Serious Traffic Offenses|0 Comments|

Driving drunk with kids in the car is child endangerment. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD),20% of children aged 14 and younger who were killed in auto accidents in 2012 were killed in alcohol-impaired crashes. MADD says that drunk driving with a child in the car elevates this criminal act to child abuse.

In […]

Nov 25, 2014

Keeping Safe and Sober on the Roads this Holiday Season

By |Nov 25, 2014|Criminal Defense Law, DUI|0 Comments|

This season when you gather with your friends and family for holiday festivities, getting home safe may not be foremost in your mind – but it should be. In the state of Tennessee, there were 6,928 alcohol-related car accidents in 2013 alone. Inebriated drivers are a hazard not just to themselves, but also to […]

Nov 18, 2014

Can You Really Be Charged with DUI When You are Not Driving Your Car?

By |Nov 18, 2014|Criminal Defense Law, DUI, Uncategorized|0 Comments|

In Tennessee, the short answer is yes. Let’s say, for example, you are riding as a passenger in your car while someone else is driving, and that person has had too much to drink. If the police pull the car over because the driver has been swerving or driving erratically, and they charge the […]

Oct 28, 2014

New Texting Gun Would Catch Drivers Texting Behind the Wheel

By |Oct 28, 2014|Criminal Defense Law, Serious Traffic Offenses|0 Comments|

Texting while driving is a threat to safety on the road that is growing more and more significant as more people think that they can get away with texting behind the wheel, according to the National Highway & Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA website distraction.gov.

Texting behind the wheel causes more impairment than drinking and driving. […]

Oct 23, 2014

Parental Relocation after Divorce in Tennessee — How to Do it Right

By |Oct 23, 2014|Child Custody, Divorce, Family Law|0 Comments|

Sometimes after a divorce you want to shake off the drama and pain and make a fresh start in a new place. You might have received a promising job offer in another state that requires you to move more than 50 miles away from your ex-spouse or co-parent. Under Tennessee law, you must inform […]