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Payment for Private School Tuition Overturned

The Tennessee Court of Appeals recently considered a case where a father was ordered by a Trial Court to pay for private school tuition for a school he didn't want his daughter to attend, at double the cost of the school where he thought the child should be enrolled. read more...

Tennessee Restricts Judgments for Unpaid Child Support

Starting July 1st, 2017, a new law in Tennessee says that a judgment for unpaid child support can not go back farther than five years of missed payments. Child support arrearages limited Why would the legislature do this?   Shouldn’t deadbeat dads be required to support their children? ... read more...

Judge Gives Wife Rights of a Father in Tennessee’s First Same-Sex Divorce Case

17 May, 2017 by Lawrence in Uncategorized
Last year I wrote a post about Sabrina and Erica Witt, who were two women involved in a same-sex divorce in Knoxville.  The problem with their case was one of the two had given birth to a child via artificial insemination, and since the Tennessee statutes only recognize the rights of a ... read more...

Tennessee Restricts Interest on Child Support Arrearages

Tennessee passed a new law that eliminates interest on judgments for missed child support payments. Will this make things better? Maybe..... read more...

TN Supreme Court Makes it Easier to Move Away with the Kids

The Tennessee Supreme Court recently made a significant change to Tennessee Law that will make it easier for one parent to move the kids away from the other parent. read more...

What is Hearsay?

Anybody who's watched any law-based TV shows has heard the term "hearsay". What is hearsay evidence, really? read more...

New in 2017: Mandatory Orders of Protection and a Huge Mess – Part 2

4 January, 2017 by Lawrence in Order of Protection
This is the second of a two-part post.  If you haven’t already, read New in 2017: Mandatory Orders of Protection and a Huge Mess – Part 1. If you’re not familiar with what an Order of Protection is or how they work, read What is an Order of Protection? A Family Argument ... read more...

New in 2017: Mandatory Orders of Protection and a Huge Mess – Part 1

2 January, 2017 by Lawrence in Order of Protection
Domestic Violence is a serious problem in Tennessee, just as it is all over the United States.  According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, in 2015 there were 77,726 domestic assaults reported in Tennessee.  Of those, 11,297 involved an aggravated assault, which means the attacker ... read more...

What is an Order of Protection?

This is a very simplified summary of Orders of Protection.  A complete description would require a lot more space and honestly would be a lot more than a normal person wants to read. First: Seek Help If you are a victim of domestic violence, you should seek help from the police or do a google ... read more...

Why You (Probably) Can’t Withdraw a Signed Marital Dissolution Agreement

2 November, 2016 by Lawrence in alimony, Divorce
When you are working your way through your divorce, you might come to a settlement with your spouse and sign a marital dissolution agreement (as well as a parenting plan if you have children).  Once the parties sign the marital dissolution agreement (or “MDA”), you’ve finished ... read more...