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Termination of Parental Rights Due to Abandonment

In Tennessee, a person's parental rights can be terminated if the parent fails to visit or support the children. These cases are very serious and this case summary is a pretty good example of how a court handles this issue. read more...

New Family Laws in Effect on July 1st, 2013 in Tennessee

Several new laws which effect divorce and custody cases take effect today. I'll post a brief summary of the most important bills. read more...

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...

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...

Mental Health Records in Child Custody Cases

New legislation in Tennessee may affect how medical health records may be acquired and used in child custody cases. read more...

5 Things To Do Before You Move Out of the Marital Home

If you are approaching divorce, you may be thinking about moving out of the marital home. There are a few steps you should take first. read more...

New Child Custody Law in Tennessee

Some new legislation affecting child custody decisions took effect on July 1st in Tennessee.  I’ve previously written about the steps a court will take when developing a parenting schedule, including the factors the court must consider.  This new law modifies one of the factors found in ... 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...