Feb 18, 2015

Tennessee Given a “D” for Child Custody Laws by National Parents Organization

By |Feb 18, 2015|Child Custody, Family Law|0 Comments|

The National Parents Organization is a 501(3)(c) dedicated to promoting shared parenting throughout the country. Every year, the organization issues a Report Card that assesses the states’ laws as they relate to parenting plans in child custody. In the group’s 2014 Report Card, issued this November, Tennessee and 22 other states earned a “D.”

The […]

Feb 11, 2015

Get Your Tickets TO Bonnaroo, Not AT Bonnaroo

By |Feb 11, 2015|Criminal Defense Law, Drug Crimes, DUI|0 Comments|

The lineup for Bonnaroo 2015 is going to be announced soon, and people from all over the country will be planning their visit to the 700 acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee to enjoy the festival. Four day long concerts like Bonnaroo feature more than just music, because they celebrate the arts in general. If […]

Feb 4, 2015

The Results Are in From the “No Refusal” Safety Campaign

By |Feb 4, 2015|Criminal Defense Law|0 Comments|

During the New Year weekend, the Tennessee Highway Patrol conducted a “no refusal” safety campaign. The campaign allowed troopers to call a judge on the phone to obtain a warrant for a blood test for any drivers who refused a breath test after being stopped for suspicion of DUI. The THP set up sobriety […]

Jan 31, 2015

January is Considered National Divorce Month

By |Jan 31, 2015|Divorce, Family Law|0 Comments|

Deciding to divorce is difficult enough for couple, especially those with children. For this reason, many couples choose to postpone their divorce until after the holidays have passed, which makes January a month with some of the highest divorce rates in Tennessee, according to ABC News.

But getting divorced in January may not be the […]

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 […]