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Jason Aldean files for divorce in Tennessee

Many Tennessee residents are fans of country music star Jason Aldean. Songs like "Big Green Tractor" and "My Kinda Party" have made him one of the biggest country music stars to hit Nashville. The father of two has now filed for divorce from his high-school sweetheart after allegedly being seen kissing an "American Idol" contestant in a bar. Will he have his father's rights taken away because he allegedly acted inappropriately with another woman?

Between child custody, property division and child support, Aldean has a rough road ahead.

The 36-year-old singer married his high school girlfriend back in 2001 but the couple allegedly began having problems after the bar incident.

In the state of Tennessee, residents are given a choice between no-fault and fault divorce. Fault divorces are usually granted on the grounds of adultery or spousal abuse. A no-fault divorce can be granted for irreconcilable differences. Once the grounds for a divorce are declared, a child custody determination usually follows. Aldean and his wife have two little girls ages 10 and 5. In most cases in Tennessee, the courts usually grant some form of joint custody between parents. Judges make custody determinations based on the best interests of the children.

For just about every father, country musician or not, children are the most important part of their lives. Anytime a father's rights are jeopardized by a divorce, it becomes a serious issue. Any Tennessee resident going through a divorce may find an experienced attorney to be an invaluable help in navigating the process.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Jason Aldean files for divorce from wife Jessica Ussery," Christie DZurilla, April 29, 2013

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