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What Judges Look at: Child Custody Determinations

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Nothing can make a parent feel more powerless than the idea of losing access to their child. Many parents even choose to stay in bad marriages, simply because they cannot bear the thought of the turmoil that their child may go through in the case of a divorce. Or the thought of losing access… Read More »

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FAQs about Paternity in Tennessee

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It is truly something to marvel at, the call to action that parent’s feel when they sense that their child is threatened. This is not something reserved solely for mankind either. All throughout the animal kingdom you will find parents living solely for their children. Giving their lives for their children. When you consider… Read More »

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What You Need to Know About Open Adoption in Tennessee

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There are many ways that families come to be. Adoption can be a wonderful way to bring a child into a loving home, and to expand a family. If you are deciding whether to pursue adoption, there will be several important decisions to be made. One of those decisions will be whether you want… Read More »

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When the Court Appoints a Guardian ad Litem in Tennessee

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A Guardian ad Litem in Tennessee is defined as “a lawyer appointed by the court to advocate for the best interests of a child….” The definition goes on to state that the Guardian ad Litem’s Role is also “to ensure that the child’s concerns and preferences are effectively advocated”. TN. R. S. Ct. 40…. Read More »

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How is Alimony Determined in Tennessee?

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If you are headed into divorce proceedings, one of the burning questions on your mind might very well be about alimony. Will you receive alimony payments? Will you be required to PAY alimony to your former spouse? How much support are we talking about here? Are you going to have to change your lifestyle?… Read More »

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Divorce in the Social Media Age

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It is no secret that social media has changed many things in our society. Even twenty years ago, few would suspect how drastically different a person’s ability to reach others would be today, or how easily (even accidentally) a person’s life might be chronicled on social media. One key place that many do not… Read More »

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Could Couples Lose the Option to File a No-Fault Divorce in Tennessee?

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No-fault divorce is a great option for many couples. Sometimes a marriage just does not work out. Or, Even if one spouse is more “at-fault” and the couple would qualify for divorce under a separate ground, a couple might still file a no-fault divorce just to retain privacy. However, a more conservative political trend… Read More »

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Common Probation Violations to Avoid

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When someone pleads guilty to a crime, or a court finds a person guilty of a crime, the time they spend behind bars may not be as lengthy as you think. It is incredibly common for a person’s sentence to include some amount of “probation” time. Probation allows for individuals to serve a portion… Read More »

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How Can Adultery Affect my Divorce in Tennessee?

By Fort, Holloway, & Rogers |

There is a reason that so many country songs that are at the top of the charts are about cheating. From the dawn of mankind, unfaithfulness has plagued those in the pursuit of true love, and happily ever after. Unfortunately, many marriages disintegrate due to unfaithfulness on the part of one of the partners…. Read More »

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How to Handle Sentimental Items in Your Divorce

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In divorce cases, there is a lot to plan for and think about. You are, after all, setting yourself up with a springboard into the next chapter of your life. While it is necessary to focus on financial stability as you go through the process of dividing assets and debts as part of your… Read More »

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