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Tennessee Restricts Interest on Child Support Arrearages

Tennessee passed a new law that eliminates interest on judgments for missed child support payments. Will this make things better? Maybe..... 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...

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 to Change Custody in Tennessee

The courts in Tennessee follow a two step process when considering whether to modify your Parenting Plan.  First, the judge must find there has been a material change in circumstances.  Then, the court must find that a change in the Parenting Plan is in the best interests of the children. This ... read more...