Divorce Advice: Moving On After Divorce

Moving On After Divorce Protect your good name. It is your most valuable asset. To do so, you must be concerned to some degree about what others think. Take charge of your attitude. Be positive and do not waste your time blaming yourself or others. Bad times do not last forever. Make peace with the […]

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Divorce Advice: Alimony

Alimony Alimony is a form of spousal support that is based on the relative financial needs and income of the parties. Tennessee has statutes that list the factors a court must consider when awarding alimony. Ask your lawyer to explain the various types of alimony and which ones, if any, may be appropriate in your […]

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Divorce Advice: Dividing Assets and Liabilities

Dividing Assets and Liabilities Most assets acquired by the parties during the marriage are considered joint or marital property. Likewise, most debts incurred during the marriage are considered joint obligations. Assets received as gifts, inheritance, or assets owned by the parties before the marriage are typically considered that spouse’s separate property. Tennessee has statutes that […]

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Divorce Advice: Mediation in Divorce Cases

Mediation in Tennessee Divorce Cases Mediation is an out-of-court meeting where spouses and lawyers meet with a mediator to try and settle all issues of the divorce. The mediator is typically an experienced family law attorney who acts as a neutral third party. Mediation has revolutionized family law. Divorce and child custody cases are settled […]

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Divorce Advice: Understanding the Discovery Process in Divorce Litigation

Understanding the Discovery Process in Divorce Litigation “Discovery” is the process through which you and your lawyer uncover the facts and documents necessary to conclude your divorce. This process involves Interrogatories, Requests for Production of Documents, Requests for Admissions, and depositions. Interrogatories and Requests for Production of Documents are a series of written questions and […]

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Divorce Advice: Working With Your Divorce Lawyer

How to Work With Your Divorce Lawyer Divorce lawyers understand that people are not at their best during the pressure, stress and anxiety of divorce. Your lawyer is there to keep your case on track, guide you through the process, and make the experience as painless as possible. Your lawyer should tell you the truth […]

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Divorce Advice: Selecting the Right Divorce Lawyer

Selecting the Right Divorce Lawyer Your selection of a lawyer is as important as your decision to divorce. Your divorce is likely to be the most significant interaction you ever have with the legal system. Your life and your children’s lives will be forever affected by the outcome. Hiring a lawyer is like anything else […]

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Divorce Advice: The Decision to Divorce

The Decision to Divorce and Early Considerations The decision to divorce is one of the most significant decisions you will ever make. Divorce is a traumatic experience for everyone involved. Nothing about it is pleasant or easy. Divorce does not mean you are a failure as a spouse, parent or person. Divorce and child custody […]

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Collaborative Divorce in Tennessee

It is becoming increasingly common for divorcing parties to inquire about collaborative divorce. What is collaborative divorce? How is it different from a divorce through litigation? What is collaborative divorce? The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals provides the following answer: Collaborative Divorce is a voluntary dispute resolution process in which parties settle without resort to litigation. […]

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Thankful to Live in East Tennessee

As I prepare to head out for the West and Middle Tennessee leg of the annual review seminar tour, I am going to give you a break from the usual updates on Tennessee family law on this day of Thanksgiving. Instead, I am going to share some photographs I took this year in and around […]

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Update on the Tennessee Family Law Annual Review Seminar

In two weeks, John and I will embark on our CLE tour across the state to present “Tennessee Family Law Update 2013.” The first week has us in Memphis, Jackson, and my hometown of Nashville. The following week we sweep through beautiful East Tennessee with visits to Chattanooga and Johnson City before returning to Knoxville […]

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