When Couples Divorce, Who Gets to Keep the Dog? (Or Cat.)

I found this article by Christopher Mele in The New York Times to be of interest. When Couples Divorce, Who Gets to Keep the Dog? (Or Cat.) When couples get divorced, children are not the only ones who can get caught in custody disputes. Fights over other members of the family — beloved pets — […]

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Division of Military Retirement in Murfreesboro, TN Divorce: Collins v. Collins

Facts: Husband and Wife divorced after 18 years of marriage. On the day the case was scheduled to go to trial, Husband and Wife entered into a written agreement signed by both parties and their lawyers where Husband agreed, in relevant part, to pay Wife $2100 from his monthly military retirement benefit of $3678. The […]

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Divorce and the Shared Mortgage

This article by Lisa Prevost in The New York Times may be of interest. Divorce and the Shared Mortgage Deciding what to do with the house can be a major quandary for couples getting a divorce, particularly when they share a mortgage. When there is equity in the home, each spouse typically wants to take […]

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Protecting Assets in Divorce

This article by Kelli Grant at CNBC may be of interest. Breaking up is hard to do: Protecting assets in divorce Getting divorced has a significant impact on your finances — and some missteps can make it even more costly. Divorce is an issue plenty of Americans will find themselves navigating. In 2014, divorces and […]

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Ability to Designate Life Insurance Beneficiary at Issue in Anderson County, Tennessee: Helton v. Helton

Facts: Husband and Wife divorced after 30 years of marriage. When dividing the marital property, the trial court placed a constructive trust over Husband’s $1.2 million life insurance policy and designated Wife as the trustee. The trial court directed Husband to designate Wife as a one-third beneficiary, each of their two children as a one-sixth beneficiary, […]

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Unequal Division of Marital Property Affirmed in Ashland City, TN Divorce: Brady v. Brady

Facts: After 7 1/2 years of marriage, Husband and Wife divorced. Prior to the marriage, the parties purchased what would become the marital residence, which property was titled in both names as tenants in common. The trial court found Husband contributed $262,000 of his separate funds and Wife contributed $30,000 of her separate funds toward […]

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Conditioning Parenting Time on Actions of Non-Party Reversed in Memphis Divorce: Holdsworth v. Holdsworth

Facts: This 47-page (!!!) opinion begins with the following statement: “This is an appeal from an extremely contentious divorce.” The parties married in 1994 and had one child together. In July 2013, they were divorced. Among other things, the trial court found Husband dissipated marital assets by writing checks to his girlfriend totaling $15,633 and […]

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