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TN Supreme Court Makes it Easier to Move Away with the Kids

The Tennessee Supreme Court recently made a significant change to Tennessee Law that will make it easier for one parent to move the kids away from the other parent. read more...

What is an Order of Protection?

This is a very simplified summary of Orders of Protection.  A complete description would require a lot more space and honestly would be a lot more than a normal person wants to read. First: Seek Help If you are a victim of domestic violence, you should seek help from the police or do a google ... read more...

Why You (Probably) Can’t Withdraw a Signed Marital Dissolution Agreement

2 November, 2016 by Lawrence in alimony, Divorce
When you are working your way through your divorce, you might come to a settlement with your spouse and sign a marital dissolution agreement (as well as a parenting plan if you have children).  Once the parties sign the marital dissolution agreement (or “MDA”), you’ve finished ... 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...
The Worst States To Get Divorced

The Worst States To Get Divorced

18 September, 2014 by Lawrence in Divorce, Representation style
A few days ago, Forbes published an article called “The 7 Worst States To Get Divorced“.  The author, Bruce Provda, ranked states based on: cost of filing, minimum separation period, length of residency required, waiting period, and minimum number of days for entire procedure. ... read more...
Prenuptial Agreement May Not Be Fair, But Must Be Followed

Prenuptial Agreement May Not Be Fair, But Must Be Followed

15 September, 2014 by Lawrence in Divorce, Prenuptial, Property Division
This case is about how a prenuptial agreement can come back to haunt you if you don’t carefully abide by all of its provisions. Husband and Wife were married in 2006.  At the time the parties were married, Wife had a large trust fund, which she wanted to keep as separate property. ... 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...
New Tennessee Law Clarifies Custody and Parental Rights

New Tennessee Law Clarifies Custody and Parental Rights

In the last legislative session, our lawmakers decided to clarify the factors that Tennessee family courts must consider when developing parenting schedules for parents of minor children.  The lawmakers state in the bill that the prior factors caused “confusion and inconsistent ... 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...