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Judge Gives Wife Rights of a Father in Tennessee’s First Same-Sex Divorce Case

17 May, 2017 by Lawrence in Uncategorized
Last year I wrote a post about Sabrina and Erica Witt, who were two women involved in a same-sex divorce in Knoxville.  The problem with their case was one of the two had given birth to a child via artificial insemination, and since the Tennessee statutes only recognize the rights of a ... read more...

Recent Same Sex Marriage Case Shows Weakness in State Laws

26 September, 2016 by Lawrence in Uncategorized
I was made aware of the case of Sabrina Renae Witt vs. Erica Christine Witt recently.  This is a situation involving a same-sex marriage between two women, one of whom gave birth to a child via artificial insemination.   The couple planned to raise the child together as parents.  But (as ... read more...

Parental Relocation in Tennessee

If you are a parent of minor children, you may find that you’re in a situation where you have to move yourself and the children to a new location, perhaps due to a new job, new marriage, family obligations, or some other reason.  There are a couple of steps you need to take if you […] read more...

Proposal Would Increase Divorce Filing Fee to Fund Violence Shelters

A bill has been introduced to add a $10 fee to all divorces filed, to fund violence shelters. Is this a good idea? 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...

Changing the Name of a Child Born to Unmarried Parents

Tennessee law says that when a child is born to married parents the child will have the father's last name, unless the parents request otherwise. However, a child born to parents who are not married will have the mother's last name unless both parties agree on another name. An action to ... read more...

What is the Statutory Injunction or Automatic Injunction?

2 February, 2012 by Lawrence in Uncategorized
Any time a divorce is filed in Tennessee the court will automatically issue an injunction against both parties preventing them from performing certain acts like canceling health insurance, closing joint accounts, or hiding the children. read more...

A BDSM, Polyamory, or Alternative Lifestyle Might Cost You Your Children

Participating in certain activities (like BDSM and polyamory) might result in the termination of your parental rights, according to one Court in Tennessee. You might be shocked to find out that a court might decide that you should know that your lifestyle will result in abuse to your child. 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...

Alimony, Alimony, and more Alimony!

Divorce procedure in Tennessee is generally fairly straightforward, but certain issues are often sure to cause a fight.  The most emotional and violent fights tend to be over the custody of the children, but often not far behind is the prospect of one party paying alimony to the other. ... read more...