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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...

Requiring one Spouse to Refinance the Debt on the Marital Home

Many divorces involve resolving what to do with the debt on real property owned by the couple. Should both parties stay liable on the debt after the divorce is final? 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...

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...

Alabama Tries to Make it More Difficult to Get a Divorce

16 April, 2012 by Lawrence in Divorce, Staying married
A bill proposed by lawmakers in Alabama would create a “covenant marriage“, which would make obtaining a divorce more difficult for the couple.  The optional marriage would require the couple to attend marriage counseling before they get married, and they would also be required to ... 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...

Extramarital Affairs and Dissipation of Marital Assets

27 February, 2012 by Lawrence in Discovery, Divorce, marital property
A fairly common problem can arise when one spouse had previously spent a bunch of money on their new lover, leaving less money in the joint accounts to split. It doesn't seem fair that the innocent spouse should be left with less money due to the affair, but how can the court equalize the ... 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...

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...