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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
If you watch police procedurals or legal-based TV shows, you’ve probably heard a judge say “You’re out of order, Counselor” (or something along those lines) and then fine the attorney or the client for being in “contempt.” As a general rule, however, these types of shows don’t get the nuances of legal proceedings right, […]
Tennessee Judge Declares Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Constitutional – and Does So through Divorce Ruling
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]