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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...

Father Loses Battle for Equal Parenting Time

This case struck me as odd because the father really wanted equal parenting time with his kids, but the trial court only gave him 91 days per year.  When he complained, the Appellate Court suggested that he not worry about it because even though the trial court only counted 91 days in the ... 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...
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...
Judgment for Overpayment of Child Support

Judgment for Overpayment of Child Support

30 December, 2013 by Lawrence in child support
What happens if you're paying child support through Child Support Services of Tennessee and you discover that they have taken too much of your money? It used to be that the State would say that you've just made an involuntary gift to the other parent, and you should be happy for the ... read more...

Termination of Parental Rights Due to Abandonment

In Tennessee, a person's parental rights can be terminated if the parent fails to visit or support the children. These cases are very serious and this case summary is a pretty good example of how a court handles this issue. read more...