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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...

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...

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...

How Criminal Contempt Has Changed in Tennessee

Until recently, a person who had failed to pay his child support could very easily find himself in jail for up to six months. Our bloodlust for deadbeat dads had caused the government to do one of the things our founding fathers had feared the most: We were putting people in jail with little ... read more...

Civil Contempt, Criminal Contempt, and What it All Means

22 September, 2010 by Lawrence in child support, Contempt of Court
Contempt of court often comes up when somebody fails to pay their child support. There's no statute that makes failure to pay child support a criminal offense that requires jail time. So how does somebody end up behind bars for failure to pay? read more...

How is Child Support Calculated?

Gone are the days when child support payments were calculated by simply taking a percentage of the payer's income. Tennessee (like many states) has adopted the "income shares" model for calculating child support payments. The process has become so complicated that Tennessee provides a ... read more...

Misguided Child Support Enforcement – Part 2

The story I'm about to tell you is my favorite example of how goofy our child support laws can be. Read it and tell me what you think. read more...

Misguided Child Support Enforcement – Part 1

28 December, 2009 by Lawrence in child support
A guy called me from one of the New England states because he had been sued by the Tennessee Child Support Services. The child support order required him to pay a certain amount of child support to his son's mother in weekly installments. In order to make his life easier, he was paying a full ... read more...

Why You Shouldn’t Pay Child Support Ahead of Schedule

22 December, 2009 by Lawrence in child support, Divorce
If you are paying child support to the Child Support Receiving Unit and you love staying out of jail, you need to read this post. This is a perfect example of how no good deed will go unpunished. read more...

Who is Child Support Services and Why Are They Bugging Me?

Way back in the 1970's, the public became concerned that the government was paying welfare for the support of children who were not being supported by both of their parents. Put another way: Why are my tax dollars going to feed children if their parents aren't putting food on the table? read more...