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 […]

Oct 2, 2014

What Does “Contempt of Court” Actually Mean?

By |Oct 2, 2014|Child Custody, Child Support, Criminal Defense Law, Divorce, Family Law|0 Comments|

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jun 12, 2014

Telling Your Children You Are Getting a Divorce

By |Jun 12, 2014|Divorce, Family Law|0 Comments|

The end of a marriage is always difficult, even when the two parties involved have come to a mutual agreement. For children, however, the news can lead to unexpected responses, so it is understandable that parents may feel nervous or reluctant to speak with them. When the time comes to tell your children, there […]

May 20, 2014

Tips for Successful Co-Parenting

By |May 20, 2014|Child Custody, Divorce, Family Law|0 Comments|

When parents separate and divorce they remain connected through their children. Most parents retain a strong desire to remain active in the lives of their children even when the marriage ends. It is not always easy to co-parent with a former spouse, but doing so is in the best interest of your children. Here […]

May 20, 2014

Looks Like Arizona’s Bill Had an Impact on Tennessee Couples, Too

By |May 20, 2014|Divorce, Family Law|0 Comments|

When Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would allow businesses to deny service to same-sex couples based on the business owner/operator’s beliefs, a lot of people breathed a collective sigh a relief – though not for collective reasons. Now it appears that Tennessee lawmakers have jumped on that bandwagon, postponing the debate over Senate […]