Presumption of Gift of Separate Property Rebutted in Jackson, Tennessee Divorce: Harper v. Harper

Facts: The parties divorced after six years of marriage. Prior to the marriage, Wife owned three tracts of real estate. Six months into the marriage, Wife signed quitclaim deeds jointly titling the properties with Husband. Wife testified she never wanted to transfer any interest in the properties to Husband. She said Husband harassed and berated her […]

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Judgment Affirmed after No-Show in Cookeville, Tennessee Divorce: Jackson v. Jackson

Facts: Husband filed for divorce after 25 years of marriage, and Wife filed a counter-complaint. After the trial had been rescheduled four times and Husband’s third lawyer withdrew, on August 31 the trial court rescheduled the trial for October 31, i.e., 60 days later and five years after the complaint for divorce was filed, and said […]

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Unequal Property Division Affirmed in Lebanon, Tennessee Divorce: Dewald v. Dewald

Facts: Wife was a 19-year-old college student when she met Husband, then 27 years old. Within a few weeks after meeting, Wife dropped out of college and moved in with Husband. They married six months later and have one son. When they married, Wife entered the marriage with, according to the trial court, “nothing but the […]

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Podcast #8: Stepparent Success

What makes parent-stepparent relationships so difficult? How can parents and stepparents work together to do what’s best for the child?

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