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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...

Division of Marital Debt in Tennessee

I’ve previously explained how Tennessee courts will divide marital assets during a divorce, and I clarified how the court will divide property that was purchased after the parties separate, but before their divorce was final.  That’s great, but what about debt?  With the economy the ... read more...

Posting Pictures That Cause “Emotional Distress” is Now Harassment

Tennessee has revised the "harassment" statute to include language that makes it illegal to communicate "with another person or [transmit] or [display] an image in a manner in which there is a reasonable expectation that the image will be viewed by the victim" read more...

When Can Alimony Payments Stop?

24 March, 2011 by Lawrence in alimony, Divorce
After a few years of paying alimony, you might say to yourself "I've been paying all this money to my ex-spouse for a long time. The situation is a lot different than it was when we got divorced. Can I stop paying the alimony?" read more...

Child Custody and Divorce

Cases involving custody are often the most heated, time consuming, and most expensive cases in the Family Court. Very often, the court finds itself trying to decide between two people who love their kids and want what's best for the children. How does the court do this? read more...

Why Lawyers Should be Working to Reduce Conflict

23 December, 2010 by Lawrence in Divorce, Representation style
Aggression can have it's place, but often outright aggression serves little purpose beyond causing delays, more conflict, and more expense. Believe it or not, attorneys are bound by ethical standards which require us to move your case along and keep fees reasonable. read more...

How Alimony is Calculated in Tennessee

10 November, 2010 by Lawrence in alimony, Discovery, Divorce
Among the various decisions and surprises that you may face as part of your divorce is establishing how much alimony will be paid by one spouse to the other. This can be a vexing problem because where child support is set using a cut-and-dry calculation, alimony is determined using a much more ... read more...

Lose the Spouse, Sell the House

The easy way out in a divorce is for the two parties to negotiate and agree that the husband will pay certain debts, and the wife will pay certain other debts. The problem is, unless you arrange to have your name removed from joint accounts, you might find yourself responsible for more debt ... read more...

How Discovery Can Help Win Your Case

Lawyers use a lot of tools and techniques to build their client's divorce case, but one of the most useful (and sometimes most feared) is the discovery process. Discovery is so useful that some attorney's use it as a threat. Find out how discovery can help your case. read more...