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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...

Father Loses Custody After Repeated Frivolous Petitions

In this appellate court opinion, after the father's repeated frivolous claims against the mother it was reasonable to give custody of the minor child to the mother. 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...

Aggressive Lawyers Sanctioned for Accusing Each Other of Being “Mentally Disabled”.

In previous posts, I’ve written about aggressive lawyers who aren’t really helping their client’s cases, and I’ve written about lawyers being scolded by the court for encouraging conflict rather than seeking resolutions.  If you’re still thinking that hiring the ... 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 to Change Custody in Tennessee

The courts in Tennessee follow a two step process when considering whether to modify your Parenting Plan.  First, the judge must find there has been a material change in circumstances.  Then, the court must find that a change in the Parenting Plan is in the best interests of the children. This ... read more...

Is Your Lawyer Assertive, or Just Aggressive?

4 September, 2009 by Lawrence in Representation style
A look at whether assertive or aggressive representation is more appropriate for your case. read more...