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New Laws in Tennessee!

There are several new laws coming into effect in Tennessee that may be of interest to people involved in divorce, custody, or child support cases.   SB101 / HB90 Forgiving accrued principal and interest on child support. Previously, child support was a requirement and any unpaid support ... read more...
Husband Wants to Change the Terms of a Marital Dissolution Agreement

Husband Wants to Change the Terms of a Marital Dissolution Agreement

This case shows why it’s important to have someone help you negotiate your marital dissolution agreement, or at the very least make sure you’ve read it and understand the terms before the divorce is final. Background In October 2010, a husband informed his wife that he would like to ... 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...

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...

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...

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...