Will People Start Becoming Single Again in Their Mid-30s? Don’t Count on It.

Tennessee divorce

This article by Rachel Raczka in The Washington Post might be of interest. Will People Start Becoming Single Again in Their Mid-30s? Don’t Count on It. “Don’t worry. They’ll all break up soon,” a friend told me when I was single in my mid-20s and everyone I knew — friends, family, acquaintances, strangers — was […]

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Podcast #2: Terri’s Story, Part Two

K.O. Herston concludes his interview with his former client, Terri. They discuss Terri’s experience during the divorce process, her reflections on how her life has changed, and the lessons she learned along the way.

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Podcast #1: Terri’s Story, Part One

Today I’m trying something new on the ol’ blog — a podcast! In this first episode, I speak with a former client, Terri, about her divorce after 31 years of marriage. She talks about her decision to divorce, how she prepared for it, and how her husband and children reacted to the news. Give it a […]

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Anti-Gay “Lifestyle” Provisions Reversed in Sumner County, Tennessee Divorce: Brantley v. Brantley

Facts: Father and Mother, the parents of two children, presented with an uncontested divorce on grounds of irreconcilable differences. Their agreement was contained within the proposed final decree of divorce that incorporated a marital dissolution agreement and permanent parenting plan that had been signed by both parties. At the hearing for the trial court to […]

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Ambiguous Marital Dissolution Agreement Won’t Support Civil Contempt in Williamson County, Tennessee: Scobey v. Scobey

Facts: Husband and Wife settled their divorce after 20 years of marriage. Their marital dissolution agreement contained this paragraph 13: 13. Retirement/pension plans: Upon entry of Final Decree of Divorce, one half of the funds and assets in the T. Rowe Price Roth IRA account ending in #5830, styled in the name of Husband, shall be, […]

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“Economically Disadvantaged” Finding Is Contested in Brentwood, Tennessee Divorce: Norman v. Norman

Facts: Husband and Wife divorced after 22 years of marriage. During the last eight years of marriage, they jointly owned and operated a durable medical supplies company. Prior to starting the company, Wife worked as an elementary school teacher. Both parties contributed to the company’s success. While Husband was responsible for the financial aspects of […]

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Tennessee Supreme Court Considering Rule regarding Collaborative Family Law

The Tennessee Supreme Court released for review and comment a proposed new rule governing collaborative practice in family-law matters. The new rule is proposed by the Tennessee Bar Association, which studied the growing method of dispute resolution known as collaborative practice or collaborative divorce. The petition describes collaborative practice as one where Collaborative attorneys are […]

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Private School Tuition Disputed in Chattanooga, Tennessee Child-Support Case: Pua-Vines v. Vines

Facts: Mother and Father are the divorced parents of two daughters. Their parenting plan provides for joint decision-making authority and says: The parties shall each pay one-half (50%) of all private school tuition, school supplies, fees, extracurricular expenses, school trips, sports activities, graduation expenses, and any and all other school or extracurricular expenses incurred on […]

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A New Strategy for Collecting Child Support: Debt Forgiveness

This article by J.B. Wogan in Governing is interesting. A New Strategy for Collecting Child Support: Debt Forgiveness Officials in Westchester County, N.Y., want to help low-income fathers who are behind in their child support payments. “These guys aren’t deadbeats,” says Kevin McGuire, the county’s social services commissioner. “They’re dead broke.” In a 2006 study […]

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