In a contested divorce, the spouses cannot agree on the terms of their divorce. Contested divorces are characterized by disagreement, whether it is over the family house or retirement funds. Fortunately, this is a normal situation to be in – couples often-times don’t agree on what they think is fair when splitting up-and, just because
In our initial consultations with clients, one of the first questions asked is how much the divorce will cost? Divorce costs are understandable concerns. Although it is important to seek value in legal representation, cheaper is not always better. Low-fee divorce attorneys often maintain heavy caseloads to compensate – providing minimal attention to each case.
Tennessee is an “equitable distribution” state, which means that the judge has the right to distribute marital property fairly, which might not be a 50/50 split. For example, the court may give a stay at home mom more property because her earning potential is lower because she gave up her career to care for the
Child custody decisions consider the “best interests of the child standard.” This child centered approach has been around for a long time but, what’s considered “best” has changed over the years. If you’re divorcing now, don’t expect that the courts will determine custody as they might have thirty, twenty, ten, five or even a couple
Each parent has an obligation to support their children in Tennessee. In most cases money is given to the parent with primary custody. To find how much you’re likely to pay or receive for child support, you need to examine how the Tennessee courts view child support obligations. This is an overview. It’s important to
What is a Tennessee Parenting Plan? When a couple with children divorces in Tennessee, the court requires the parents to detail how the children will be cared for when the divorce is final. The plan must include how time will be divided. Plans also include where the children will live, and how holidays will be
The loss of parental rights is most parent’s nightmares, but in cases where parents are abusive, neglectful or absent, it can be the opportunity for the child to have a greatly improved life. Foster parents or family members that have been taking care of a child for a period of time should consider speaking to
Everybody knows how important it is to know what your rights are before signing any contract. If a spouse suggests “keeping lawyers out of it,” you should seek a consultation with an experienced Tennessee divorce attorney. It is important to know your options and to find out what you’re entitled to. Don’t get duped by