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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...

Recent Same Sex Marriage Case Shows Weakness in State Laws

26 September, 2016 by Lawrence in Uncategorized
I was made aware of the case of Sabrina Renae Witt vs. Erica Christine Witt recently.  This is a situation involving a same-sex marriage between two women, one of whom gave birth to a child via artificial insemination.   The couple planned to raise the child together as parents.  But (as ... read more...

What Your Lawyer Can Not Do for You

Your lawyer can do a lot for you. There are also a lot of things your lawyer CAN'T do for you. Here are some of them. read more...

What Your Lawyer Can Do for You

27 October, 2015 by Lawrence in Representation style
This is a list of the things your lawyer can or should do for you while helping you solve your situation. read more...

Why You Can’t Terminate the Other Parent’s Rights

I get a lot of emails from a parent who wants to terminate the rights of the other parent of their child. It's almost always a mother wanting to terminate the parental rights of the father. Most often, I have to tell people that they simply cannot do what they want. Here's why. read more...

New Laws in Tennessee!

There are several new laws coming into effect in Tennessee that may be of interest to people involved in divorce, custody, or child support cases.   SB101 / HB90 Forgiving accrued principal and interest on child support. Previously, child support was a requirement and any unpaid support ... read more...
Husband Wants to Change the Terms of a Marital Dissolution Agreement

Husband Wants to Change the Terms of a Marital Dissolution Agreement

This case shows why it’s important to have someone help you negotiate your marital dissolution agreement, or at the very least make sure you’ve read it and understand the terms before the divorce is final. Background In October 2010, a husband informed his wife that he would like to ... read more...
The Worst States To Get Divorced

The Worst States To Get Divorced

18 September, 2014 by Lawrence in Divorce, Representation style
A few days ago, Forbes published an article called “The 7 Worst States To Get Divorced“.  The author, Bruce Provda, ranked states based on: cost of filing, minimum separation period, length of residency required, waiting period, and minimum number of days for entire procedure. ... read more...