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New Divorce and Custody Laws in Tennessee

New Divorce and Custody Laws in Tennessee

Several important new laws concerning divorce and custody were just put into effect on July 1st.  Some are more important than others, but family law attorneys in Tennessee need to be aware of the changes and possibly working additional language into new parenting plans.   Parenting plans ... 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...
Division of Real Property and Retirement Funds in a Divorce

Division of Real Property and Retirement Funds in a Divorce

Wife is to receive $115,000 from husband's retirement fund in exchange for some of the marital property. Should she have to pay the taxes on that money, or should the husband pay the taxes? read more...
What is a Qualified Domestic Relations Order, or QDRO?

What is a Qualified Domestic Relations Order, or QDRO?

A Qualified Domestic Relations Order, which is usually shortened to "QDRO", is an order of a court that instructs the manager of a retirement plan to set aside and pay a portion of the funds to an alternate payee. read more...

Husband’s Concealment of Assets Results in New Division of Property

When a court divides the assets and debts of a couple as part of a divorce, the court must normally rely on values of the assets that are supplied by the parties. With some assets, such as bank accounts and credit cards, the balances should be easy to determine. However, sometimes people try ... 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...

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...

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...

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...