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Property Division for Unmarried Couples

Suppose you've lived with the love of your life for many years. Suppose during those many years the two of you have purchased property together, made a nice home for yourselves, and accumulated a lot of assets. However, the two of you never decided to get married, but now it's time to go your ... read more...

Metro Courthouse Security, Protecting People Against Wallets Since 2001

12 July, 2011 by Lawrence in Messed up people
To protect the safety of the public you'd expect the courthouse security officers to be looking for weapons, or things that could be used as weapons: knives, guns, bats, ice picks, iron pipes, mannequin arms, dead cats, etc. In reality, it's not quite that simple. read more...

Division of Marital Debt in Tennessee

I’ve previously explained how Tennessee courts will divide marital assets during a divorce, and I clarified how the court will divide property that was purchased after the parties separate, but before their divorce was final.  That’s great, but what about debt?  With the economy the ... read more...

Posting Pictures That Cause “Emotional Distress” is Now Harassment

Tennessee has revised the "harassment" statute to include language that makes it illegal to communicate "with another person or [transmit] or [display] an image in a manner in which there is a reasonable expectation that the image will be viewed by the victim" read more...

Aggressive Lawyers Sanctioned for Accusing Each Other of Being “Mentally Disabled”.

In previous posts, I’ve written about aggressive lawyers who aren’t really helping their client’s cases, and I’ve written about lawyers being scolded by the court for encouraging conflict rather than seeking resolutions.  If you’re still thinking that hiring the ... read more...

When Can Alimony Payments Stop?

24 March, 2011 by Lawrence in alimony, Divorce
After a few years of paying alimony, you might say to yourself "I've been paying all this money to my ex-spouse for a long time. The situation is a lot different than it was when we got divorced. Can I stop paying the alimony?" read more...

How to Know if Your Adult Child with Disabilities Needs a Conservatorship

In Tennessee, a person who reaches the age of 18 is presumed to be legally competent, regardless how mild or severe their disability may be. This can cause problems for parents who are used to managing their child's affairs. How do you know if a conservatorship might be right for your child? read more...

Child Custody and Divorce

Cases involving custody are often the most heated, time consuming, and most expensive cases in the Family Court. Very often, the court finds itself trying to decide between two people who love their kids and want what's best for the children. How does the court do this? read more...

Why Lawyers Should be Working to Reduce Conflict

23 December, 2010 by Lawrence in Divorce, Representation style
Aggression can have it's place, but often outright aggression serves little purpose beyond causing delays, more conflict, and more expense. Believe it or not, attorneys are bound by ethical standards which require us to move your case along and keep fees reasonable. read more...

How Alimony is Calculated in Tennessee

10 November, 2010 by Lawrence in alimony, Discovery, Divorce
Among the various decisions and surprises that you may face as part of your divorce is establishing how much alimony will be paid by one spouse to the other. This can be a vexing problem because where child support is set using a cut-and-dry calculation, alimony is determined using a much more ... read more...