What is alimony in futuro in Tennessee divorce?

Tennessee has four (4) different types of alimony. Alimony in futuro is also known as "periodic alimony". This type of alimony consists of payments made on a long-term basis, typically until the death or remarriage (or cohabitation) of the recipient spouse. This type of alimony is modifiable by the court, and it can be increased, decreased or terminated upon showing of substantial and material change of circumstances. … [Read more...]

I think I have a will somewhere, but I’m not sure where it is. What should I do?

It is very important that you keep your original will in a safe place - preferably a fire safe box or a safe deposit box at a bank. Make sure someone knows where to locate your original will if something were to happen to you. To properly administer your estate, your personal representative must file the original will with the court upon your death. Therefore, if you do not know where your will is, it is important that you attempt to locate the will or have a new will drafted. … [Read more...]

What is the difference between a will and a living will?

A will is a legal document that allows you to direct how your estate will be handled at your death. With a will, you are able to choose your heirs, rather than leaving that to be decided by the state. For example, if you wish to leave property to a charity, church or other individual with whom you are not related, you need to create a will. With a will, you can also establish what will be done with any assets you own, including real estate, at your death. You may also select who will serve as … [Read more...]

What are the Benefits of Estate Planning?

Estate planning is an important process, and it is not just for those who are elderly. This process allows you to: Exercise control over how your property is distributed at your death; Appoint a guardian of your minor children, if necessary; Designate someone to make medical and healthcare decisions for you if you are ever incapable of making such decisions for yourself; Proper estate planning can also save your loved ones money; Leave property or money to an individual you are not … [Read more...]

Can a spouse receive temporary spousal support in Tennessee while a divorce is pending?

Yes. Talk to your attorney about filing a motion for temporary spousal support or temporary family support. … [Read more...]

How do Tennessee courts determine the amont of temporary alimony?

There is no formula to determine temporary alimony or spousal support. The judge will use his or her discretion, looking primarily at the paying spouse's financial ability to pay and the recipient spouse's financial need. … [Read more...]

Can a court award more than one kind of alimony in my case?

Yes, Tennessee courts may award more than one type of alimony (or spousal support) in a divorce case, depending on the circumstances. … [Read more...]

When is my divorce actually final?

A case is not final until a "final order" has been signed by the judge. Once that final order is filed by the clerk, the parties have a period of time during which they can file an appeal. This time period is typically thirty (30) days. Once the appeal period has run, your divorce is actually final. Do not risk the consequence of getting married during the appeal period only to find out that your former spouse has appealed the divorce order. … [Read more...]

Preparing for Your Attorney Consultation

When you set the first appointment with our office or another attorney, ask what you can do to prepare for the appointment, then, make a list of questions that most concern you. Much of what you learn in your initial interview will be things you need to know in addition to what you ask about. Although not required, it will be helpful for you to gather certain documents in preparation for your first meeting with your attorney. Consider locating and copying your important documents, … [Read more...]

How Do I Plan for My Care as I Age?

There are many ways to provide for medical care and medical decision-making as you age. As an example, you can have an estate attorney prepare health care advance directives such as living wills, durable powers of attorney, and durable medical powers of attorney. These documents are relatively easy to prepare and can save you a lot of headaches if/when you are unable to make your own health care decisions. With these documents, you can designate one or more persons to make decisions about your … [Read more...]

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