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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...
Alimony Terminated Because Mom Moved In.

Alimony Terminated Because Mom Moved In.

25 June, 2014 by Lawrence in alimony, Divorce
While the divorce was pending, the parties in this case agreed on terms of a marital dissolution agreement which settled all of the issues in their case.  One of the terms required the husband to pay alimony to the wife according to the following language: The Husband agrees to pay to the Wife ... read more...
Court Swaps Transitional Alimony for Alimony in Futuro

Court Swaps Transitional Alimony for Alimony in Futuro

A Tennessee Appellate Court rules that a wife is entitled to alimony in futuro instead of transitional alimony in this Nashville Divorce. read more...

Alimony Award Modified in Divorce Appeal

13 August, 2013 by Lawrence in alimony, Divorce, Marital debt
A Tennessee Court of Appeals modifies an alimony award because the husband had recently had a reduction in his income and the wife had the potential to support herself without additional education or training. 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...

5 Reasons You Don’t Need a Prenuptial Agreement

I previously gave some reasons why engaged couples should consider a prenuptial agreement. Here, I'm going to share the most common reasons why people may choose not to have such an agreement. read more...

6 Reasons You Need a Prenuptial Agreement

Prenuptial agreements are no longer just for wealthy or famous people. Many modern marriages could benefit from planning ahead and if you are about to get married, you might be surprised what a well drafted agreement can do for you. 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...

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...