Mar 10, 2015

The Future of Sonya McCaul

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When David and Kim Hodgins agreed to foster a one-year old Sonya McCaul back in 2005, they could not have known how long she would stay. After all, young Sonya had been brought across state lines from Nebraska by her babysitter, and her father was in and out of jail. But even though the […]

Mar 4, 2015

Fight Back against Domestic Abuse with an Order of Protection

By |Mar 4, 2015|Family Law|0 Comments|

If someone you know has caused you harm, whether it is physical, mental, emotional or sexual, there are ways for you to fight back. You are not alone. Tennessee has laws and groups that can help you.

In Tennessee, domestic assault is any form of abuse between adults or minors who:

Are current or former spouses
Are […]

Feb 25, 2015

The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act and Relocation

By |Feb 25, 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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Oct 7, 2014

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

By |Oct 7, 2014|Criminal Defense Law, Domestic Violence, Family Law|0 Comments|

The news has been inundated with stories regarding famous athletes, celebrities and politicians committing acts of domestic violence on their partners, spouses and children. There is no excuse for violence, but acts committed against loved ones seem especially heinous.

In the hopes of spreading awareness about the horrific nature of domestic violence, we share with […]