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September 2016 Archives

Alimony disagreements in Clarksville

When it comes to determining child support obligations in Tennessee, parents will be subjected to legal formulas that determine the exact amount that is owed. However, alimony is not determined by a specific formula. Instead, Tennessee family law courts analyze special factors — like the length of the marriage, both spouses' employment and their incomes — in order to arrive at a figure for alimony payments due.

4 important child custody issues grandparents should consider

There are a lot of reasons why a grandparent might assume custody of his or her grandchild. In many cases, grandparents are left to assume custody of their grandchildren because it is the only other option aside from seeing their grandchildren swept away into a Tennessee foster care program. If you are a grandparent who is taking over custody of a grandchild, there are a few things you might want to think about with regard to your grandchildren and their needs.

Why you need a prenup and what you should and should not include in it

Getting married is an exciting time, but it's also important to be sensible about it. When you marry, you also often blend your finances and, if you later decide to divorce, you may find that you and a soon-to-be ex don't agree about who should get what. With a prenuptial agreement that contains the right provisions, many of the decisions related to the ownership and division of assets and property including a house, cars, bank accounts and retirement and investment accounts; are already worked out and agreed upon. Taking the time to draft a prenuptial agreement can, therefore, make the divorce process easier and, ideally, the related financial implications less burdensome.

Why spousal support?

A lot of people in Tennessee are not aware of the important role spousal support plays in keeping spouses on equal footing so one is less likely to completely dominate the other. Indeed, before the notion of spousal support, in the distant past, female spouses often stayed home, did not have the capacity to earn a living and had to rely on their husbands to provide for them.

Yes, Non-Custodial Parents Have Rights

While increasingly parents who separate or divorce are opting for shared or joint custody arrangements, today in Tennessee it is still more likely that a child will live primarily with one parent, who is referred to as the custodial parent. Both custodial and non-custodial parents in Tennessee have rights and responsibilities and, to avoid conflict and foster a positive co-parenting relationship, it's important that divorced or separated parents understand these rights and responsibilities as well as the laws surrounding child custody.

How are millennials approaching marriage and divorce?

Tennessee residents have been getting married for hundreds of years, and in the 20th and 21st centuries, they have also been getting divorced very frequently. However, with each generation comes new ideas and new customs as our culture gradually evolves in its ways of looking at love, marriage, families and romantic partnerships.What are the marriage and divorce trends as they relate to the "millennials" on the block, who have only recently entered into adulthood?

Tips For Recently Divorced Parents: Helping a Child Succeed in School

For recently divorced parents and their children, the start of a new school year may be especially difficult and stressful. As parents establish and attempt to navigate their new roles as co-parents, there are likely to be some bumps along the way. It's important, however, that parents do their best to set aside personal differences and come together for a child's sake.

Voluntarily establishing paternity in Tennessee

Fathers of children are treated differently by the courts depending on if they are married or unmarried to the mothers of their children. If married, paternity rights are assumed, and the man will automatically be considered the father. If unmarried, extra steps need to be taken in order to establish paternity rights. This is advisable because unmarried fathers could have a more difficult time establishing their paternity if the relationship with the mother ends – especially if the mother tries to contest those rights or successfully claims that the boyfriend never participated in the child's life as a father.

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