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I Got a Girl Pregnant, What Should I Do?

17 November, 2009 by Lawrence in Child Custody & Visitation
This question comes up most often in the case where a casual encounter leads to a pregnancy, and the mother of this child is not anxious to let the father see or spend time with the child. If your situation is anything like this, there are some steps you can take, and there are also some ... read more...

Grounds for Divorce

13 November, 2009 by Lawrence in Divorce, Uncategorized
Tennessee is a fault-based state, which means that the person asking the court for a divorce must show that there is some basis, or reason, for the marriage to end. The statutes offer many different possible reasons (called "grounds"). read more...

The Purple-Faced Lawyer Test

12 November, 2009 by Lawrence in Representation style
Some lawyers say that they'll argue anything that doesn't turn their face purple from embarrassment. This is called the "purple face" test. While your attorney has an ethical duty to be candid with the judge and jury, you expect him to look at the facts from every possible angle and perhaps ... read more...

Boring Sex and Bad Body Odor are International Problems

5 November, 2009 by Lawrence in Divorce, Staying married
If you are thinking that the high divorce rate is uniquely American, take a look at this article from Malaysia. In an effort to curb the rising divorce rate caused by "body odour, humdrum sex and boring pyjamas", the Malaysian government is hiring marriage consultants to teach people how to ... read more...

Can I get a divorce if I can’t find my spouse?

3 November, 2009 by Lawrence in Divorce, Property Division
For various reasons, married couples sometimes split without ever ending their marriage. Eventually one of them will want to marry somebody else, but they have this problem of the old marriage hanging around like an unsightly tumor and the previous spouse is nowhere to be found. read more...

Khloe and Lamar Reach Prenuptial Agreement

The subject of prenuptial (also called an antenuptial) agreeements certainly make for good entertainment in sitcoms and tablids. While many people think they know what a "prenup" is and how one works, misconceptions about. I'm going to give you a quick summary of how these agreements work in ... read more...

Lessons Learned as John and Kate Fight to be the Bigger Scumbag

19 October, 2009 by Lawrence in Divorce, Property Division
I don't know what's wrong with these two, but I bet it's hard to spell. I can't help but notice that neither of them talk about the kids unless they're either trying to build sympathy for their case or using them as a weapon against the other, as evidenced by the legal battle over "John & ... read more...

The Gentile Art of Property Management Within Marriage

14 October, 2009 by Lawrence in Staying married
This is the story of one of the biggest fights my wife and I ever had. It was all about "abandoned property". We were at dinner one evening with a group of friends. I don't remember exactly why, but we were sitting in the bar section of a restaurant, and I remember watching sports on the ... read more...

Letterman May be Facing Divorce

As could have been predicted, rumors are that Letterman's wife wants a divorce. If so, I'll be watching with interest as his case would touch on a couple of issues I've written about recently. I had written about whether or not Hugh Hefner's wife could use "adultery" as grounds, and I've ... read more...

Same-Sex Divorce in Tennessee Revisited

5 October, 2009 by Lawrence in Divorce
About a week ago, I posted about whether same-sex couples can get a divorce in Tennessee. I wrote that they could not, and I still have that opinion, based on Tennessee's current constitution and statutes. However, it appears this issue may come to a head in Texas, where a district judge ... read more...