What do I need to know about Facebook and my divorce?

Facebook has opened lines of communication, allows people to stay in touch and even allows people to reconnect with friends and family (and sometimes old love interests) from long ago. That also allows many to get themselves in trouble when it comes to their marriage. Research in the UK suggests that Facebook is cited in nearly 1/3 of all divorce cases filed, and Facebook can be a very good source of evidence for divorce attorneys - as can other forms of social media. It is important for … [Read more...]

What is work-related childcare?

Work-related childcare is a term used in relation to a credit included when child support is set. The Child Support Guidelines define "work-related childcare" in Tennessee as: "Expenses for the care of the child for whom support is being determined which are due to employment of either parent or non-parent caretaker." Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1240-02-04-.02(29)(a). The Tennessee Child Support Guidelines further state that the childcare expenses "must be necessary for either parent's … [Read more...]

In Tennessee, do I have to let my children speak with their other parent by phone during my parenting time?

Tennessee parenting plans grant both parents "the right to unimpeded telephone conversations with the child at least twice a week at reasonable times and for reasonable durations." This is pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated 36-6-101. This also requires that the parent exercising his/her parenting time provide the other parent with a working telephone number so that the child can be reached at the designated times and days. If you do not have a Tennessee parenting plan in place, it is still … [Read more...]

Does your office accept payment plans?

In most cases, we offer payment plans. The terms of your plan will depend on the type of case. To discuss your payment options, contact our office today! … [Read more...]

What is your retainer for a Tennessee divorce case?

Our retainer rates vary based on several factors: 1) The complexity of your case. 2) Whether your divorce will be contested or uncontested. Uncontested divorce retainer rates are going to be lower than contested ones. 3) The Tennessee county in which we will be filing your divorce. Some Tennessee counties allow finalization of a divorce without an appearance by the parties, which could lower your cost. Other counties require an appearance at final hearing. Your rate could also be … [Read more...]

My spouse and I both want a divorce. Does that mean we can file an uncontested divorce in Tennessee?

The answer is MAYBE. There is more to an uncontested divorce than the simple agreement that you wish to be divorced. In Tennessee, you may file a divorce on the grounds of "irreconcilable differences", which is what many refer to as an "uncontested" divorce. These divorces typically save you time and money. However, you can only obtain a divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences if you and your spouse are able to reach agreement and enter 1) a Marital Dissolution Agreement, which … [Read more...]

Do I have a right to access my child’s school records in Tennessee?

Tennessee Code Annotated §36-6-101, entitles both legal parents of a child to the right to receive directly from the child's school any educational records customarily made available to parents. This statute also states that, "[u]pon request from one parent, the parent enrolling the child in school shall provide to the other parent as soon as available each academic year the name, address, telephone number and other contact information for the school." These records would include things such as … [Read more...]

In Tennessee, can I close a joint bank account while my divorce is pending?

Tennessee divorce courts enter a mandatory injunction at the beginning of each case. This order will ensure that neither party dissipates the marital assets or cancels jointly held accounts or insurance policies. It is always advisable to speak with your attorney before closing an account or making a large withdrawal. If there is a pressing need to close an account, discuss the situation with your attorney, and it might be something an attorney can handle by filing a motion with the court while … [Read more...]

In Tennessee, how do I appoint a guardian for my children in the event of my death?

Our office is able to help you ensure your children are taken care of in the event of your death. You can designate a guardian for your minor children in a Last Will & Testament, which is a legal document disposing of your assets upon your death. You may also wish to appoint a trustee to manage any funds or other property your children will inherit if they are under the age of 18 years old at the time of your death. If you have questions about estate planning and providing for your children, … [Read more...]

What is the most important consideration for awarding Tennessee alimony?

While Tennessee judges will consider a number of factors when deciding whether or not to award alimony, the two most important factors the court will consider are (1) the economically disadvantaged spouse's financial need and (2) the obligor/payor spouse's financial ability to pay the other spouse. When considering these two factors, the most important is the disadvantaged spouse's need. … [Read more...]

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