Contested Divorce

A contested divorce is one where the spouses don’t agree on how to settle the terms of their divorce. Whether it be who gets the family house, how to divide retirement funds, a contested divorce is marked by disagreement.  Luckily, this is a pretty normal situation to be in—after all, most couples can barely agree on anything while married, let alone during a breakup—and, just

Proper Service

Divorce is a complicated process, with a lot of important rights and interests at play—including the division of debt, shared marital property, and child custody rights (to name a few). That’s why when you file for divorce in Tennessee, you will be required to notify your spouse that you’ve taken legal action to dissolve your marriage.  However, unlike your regular, run-of-the-mill significant other, this breakup

Adoption

When a child’s biological parents are unable—or unwilling—to care for them, the court may grant an adoption.  Adoption is the legal term for when an outside adult assumes full responsibility for a child that is not biologically theirs, including all parental rights and decision-making authority. Once complete, adoption is permanent, altering family lines both back in time, and for future generations yet to come. If

Adultery

Adultery occurs when two people are intimate, and at least one of them is already married… to someone else.  Moral repugnance aside, this is one extramarital dalliance that can have some fairly significant legal impacts on divorce. Especially in a state like Tennessee, which still allows fault-based divorce grounds.  Whether you are the cheater in this situation, or the cheated upon, here’s what you need

Someone Filed a Protection Order Against Me… Now What?

In Tennessee, a protective order is a legal document issued against alleged abusers, in order to shield victims of domestic violence from future harm.  Most of the time, these orders are a necessary tool that both law enforcement and courts use to prevent future harm from coming to an abuse victim. Unfortunately, however, it’s also not unheard of for someone to try and use this

Divorce Complaint

You may have mentally committed to the idea of getting a divorce—maybe you’re even already separated—however, no matter what your mental conviction, a Tennessee divorce doesn’t officially start until a complaint is filed. A divorce complaint (commonly referred to as a “petition for divorce”), is a legal document that notifies the court you want a divorce, tells them why, and asks for their help in

Final Divorce Order

Let’s be honest: splitting one life into two isn’t easy. When you get divorced, there will be a lot of important decisions being made, and—between property, debt, children, alimony, retirement accounts (not to mention, family pets)—a lot to keep track of, too. Luckily, there’s one document you can turn to that will have all the answers… and we mean, of course, your final divorce order. 

Alimony

Most people are familiar with the concept of child support—payments which are designed to help care for a child, post-divorce. But far fewer people know that a similar type of support can be awarded to a spouse, too. These payments are called “alimony.”  Alimony operates very similarly to child support, in that they are regular payments designed to help care for an individual, post-divorce. However,

Protective Orders

A protective order is a legal document that is specifically designed to prevent someone from harming you (or your children). While it may sound very similar to a “restraining order,” these two are not the same thing.  Protective orders have a much narrower scope than their restraining order counterparts, and are only issued when there has been—or there is a threat of—domestic violence. Restraining orders,

Restraining Orders

“Restraining order” is a phrase we often hear thrown around in movies and books. In these media adaptations, audiences are generally meant to take this as a “legal document that prevents someone from harming another someone.” In real life, however, this definition isn’t quite right, and is more suited to its counterpart, “protective order.”   While restraining order and protective order might sound identical (and, indeed,

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