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Recording Phone Calls Between a Child and the Other Parent

Making recordings of a telephone calls between children and the other parent may seem like a good idea, but is it legal?  Can the recordings be used at a divorce or custody hearing?  Could you be arrested for making these recordings? The answer (as is common in everything involving the law) is ... read more...

Parental Relocation in Tennessee

If you are a parent of minor children, you may find that you’re in a situation where you have to move yourself and the children to a new location, perhaps due to a new job, new marriage, family obligations, or some other reason.  There are a couple of steps you need to take if you […] read more...

What is Standard Visitation?

“Standard Visitation” is a term you’ll hear at least a few times if you’re ever involved in a custody battle.  A lot of people think they know what it is, and a lot of people (including lawyers) insist that it’s just the way parenting time is split up in Tennessee. ... read more...

Child Support Extended for Severely Disabled Adult Child

In an earlier post, I described how child support can be extended indefinitely for an adult child who became severely disabled before the age of 18.  I lamented that Tennessee law does not give us a definition of “severely disabled”, or any guidance whatsoever in the determination ... read more...

Conservator Gets an Annulment for Her Father

Since I recently posted a blog about annulment but I haven’t posted anything about conservatorships in a while, I decided to show an example how a conservator can use an annulment to keep someone from taking advantage of her father. This case is Nave v. Nave, (173 S.W.3d 766, for the ... read more...

What is an Annulment?

7 March, 2013 by Lawrence in annulment, marriage
Both an annulment and a divorce will end a marriage, but an annulment is retroactive, meaning it erases the marriage from its beginning almost as if the marriage had never existed at all.  This is appropriate if your marriage has some defect that caused it to be invalid on the day of your ... read more...

Why “Self-Terminating” Alimony Doesn’t Automatically Terminate

25 February, 2013 by Lawrence in alimony, Contempt of Court, Divorce
You have a lot of opportunities to be creative when drafting your marital dissolution agreement.  If you and your spouse are able to agree on the terms of their divorce, you have a great deal of flexibility when working through the division of your assets and debts, child care schedule, and ... read more...

Does Alimony Terminate When Your Ex Gets Remarried? Depends!

11 February, 2013 by Lawrence in alimony, Divorce
Certain types of alimony may stop when the recipient gets remarried. The first step is to determine what type of alimony is being paid. read more...

Proposal Would Increase Divorce Filing Fee to Fund Violence Shelters

A bill has been introduced to add a $10 fee to all divorces filed, to fund violence shelters. Is this a good idea? read more...

Legal Separation or Just Live Separately?

If you and your spouse have decided to live separately, but you're not quite ready for a divorce, you might want to know if you need a legal separation or whether you can just simply live apart. read more...