Although matrimonial laws are not gender specific, the general trend is that if spousal support is paid after divorce, it’s a man who pays it and a woman who receives it. But that scenario does not seem to coincide with the trend of more and more women serving as the higher income earner in […]
Tennessee has had a ban on same-sex marriage since 1996, and voters approved a constitutional ban in 2006 – but the future of this ban might be in question. On April 28th, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear 2.5 hours of arguments on same-sex marriage in four cases from Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, and Tennessee. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]