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Requirements for a Valid Marriage in Tennessee

10 May, 2012 by Lawrence in marriage
Tennessee has several requirements to form a valid marriage. read more...

Alabama Tries to Make it More Difficult to Get a Divorce

16 April, 2012 by Lawrence in Divorce, Staying married
A bill proposed by lawmakers in Alabama would create a “covenant marriage“, which would make obtaining a divorce more difficult for the couple.  The optional marriage would require the couple to attend marriage counseling before they get married, and they would also be required to ... read more...

What is Alimony?

Alimony is a legal obligation of one spouse to provide support to the other spouse after a divorce or legal separation. Most often, this support is in the form of monthly payments of a set amount. read more...

Extramarital Affairs and Dissipation of Marital Assets

27 February, 2012 by Lawrence in Discovery, Divorce, marital property
A fairly common problem can arise when one spouse had previously spent a bunch of money on their new lover, leaving less money in the joint accounts to split. It doesn't seem fair that the innocent spouse should be left with less money due to the affair, but how can the court equalize the ... read more...

Changing the Name of a Child Born to Unmarried Parents

Tennessee law says that when a child is born to married parents the child will have the father's last name, unless the parents request otherwise. However, a child born to parents who are not married will have the mother's last name unless both parties agree on another name. An action to ... read more...

Father Loses Custody After Repeated Frivolous Petitions

In this appellate court opinion, after the father's repeated frivolous claims against the mother it was reasonable to give custody of the minor child to the mother. read more...

What is the Statutory Injunction or Automatic Injunction?

2 February, 2012 by Lawrence in Uncategorized
Any time a divorce is filed in Tennessee the court will automatically issue an injunction against both parties preventing them from performing certain acts like canceling health insurance, closing joint accounts, or hiding the children. read more...

What is a Parenting Plan?

A parenting plan is a document that will describe how you and your spouse will share the parenting responsibilities, as well as define who will be making certain decisions, and paying expenses, among other matters. read more...

Conservatorships and the Proof Required to Establish Disability

When considering whether or not to appoint someone as conservator over the estate of another person (often called the “ward”), it must be shown to the court by clear and convincing evidence that the ward “is fully or partially disabled and that the [ward] is in need of ... read more...

What is a Marital Dissolution Agreement?

A marital dissolution agreement (sometimes called an “MDA”) is a document used in irreconcilable differences divorces.  It’s basically a contract between a husband and wife to end their marriage and divide all the marital property and marital debts.  In order to properly draft ... read more...