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Easing your child's transitions between homes

When divorced parents share custody of their kids, they can both stay involved in their lives. However, moving back and forth between their parents' homes can be stressful for kids if parents don't work to ease these transitions and bring some consistency to their lives regardless of which residence they're in.

Parents can help ease this anxiety for their kids and make things more peaceful for themselves if they're committed to maintaining this consistency across their households and the transitions themselves.

How do you communicate constructively with an angry co-parent?

If you and your ex already have a high-conflict co-parenting relationship, the holidays can exacerbate problems. If you feel like your co-parent is out to make your life as miserable as possible, there are strategies you can use to make things go as smoothly as possible for your children. This, of course, should be your primary focus.

For many battling co-parents, communication is difficult. A parent who is intent on rehashing old grievances or creating new ones can use virtually any form of communication (in-person, phone calls, texts or emails) to do so. However, you don't have to take the bait. It may be best to avoid face-to-face and phone conversations. When communicating via text, email or online messaging, keep your responses as neutral and consistent as possible.

5 items you cannot include in a prenup

There has been a drastic increase in the number of couples getting prenuptial agreements. Millennials have really hopped onboard the practice, which is great because prenups provide numerous advantages. 

Although couples who have not married yet may not want to think about the possibility of divorce, signing a prenup is a valuable precaution that can help you should the marriage end. However, prenups do not encompass everything. There are items you do not want to have in the paperwork or else it could invalidate the entire document. 

Gaining greater child custody and visitation after getting sober

Your addiction to alcohol and/or drugs led to the end of your marriage and likely damaged your relationship with your children. Your divorce and your inability to get custody rights or even unsupervised visits with your kids helped you face your problems and get treatment. You sought care in an in-patient treatment center, joined a 12-step program and found a therapist who specializes in treating people with alcohol and drug problems.

Now, you've been sober for some time. You know that you can be trusted to care for your children. You'd like to seek shared custody or at least greater visitation rights. How do you convince a court that you deserve this chance?

How divorce in military families is different

Most people generally understand that specific divorce topics may apply to their situation, including how to file for divorce, child custody arrangements, alimony, fair division of assets and other common issues.

The process of obtaining a military divorce, on the other hand, is often uncharted territory for military families. They may know that their base provides legal advice, but they are not sure whether they also need off-base resources.

For the best visits with your children, make it about them

For many noncustodial parents, the day that they moved out of the family home – or the day their spouse and children left the family home – was one of the most difficult days in their lives.

Although you may be enjoying a healthier, less toxic home life because you're no longer enduring a relationship based on incompatibility, you're probably missing the "pitter-patter" of little feet and the opportunity to be with your children full time, every day. For this reason, you probably want to enjoy the visitation time you have with your children to the max.

What are my rights as a Tennessee noncustodial parent?

Even if you don't have physical custody of your children, if you're a noncustodial parent, you still have legal rights with respect to your status as a parent under Tennessee family law.

Here are the most important noncustodial parental rights you have (as long as they don't interfere with the best interests of your child):

Importance of planning for college in a divorce

Going through a divorce in Tennessee entails more than figuring out alimony and child custody. Both parties have to plan for the future, and if they have children, then it is a good idea to plan for college throughout the divorce process.

You do not want your divorce to negatively affect your kids' futures. There are several steps to take, and no matter how you feel about your soon-to-be-former spouse, you want to make sure you both prepare accordingly for the well-being of the children.

How do courts enforce a child custody order?

Imagine that you and your children have benefited from court-ordered child support payments for years, but suddenly, the father of your children doesn't want to send the money anymore. Now, you're struggling to make financial ends meet for your family and you don't know what to do. Fortunately, the law is on your side.

A parent who refuses to pay child support in contravention to a court-ordered child support award will be in contempt of court. In fact, police could arrest and jail a parent who is delinquent like this, but the preferred method of enforcement is not jail time because that would interfere with the parent's ability to pay. Rather, district attorneys are more likely to employ the following enforcement strategies:

  • Garnishment of wages
  • Seizing of property
  • Suspension of an occupational license
  • Suspension of a business license
  • Revocation of a driver's license
  • Denial of a passport in cases where over $2,500 or more worth of child support is owed.

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