Jan 19, 2015

The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act and Relocation

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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 […]

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 […]