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When can one modify a parenting schedule in Tennessee?

There are many things that change throughout Tennesseans' lives. Many people have plans for where they want to be in five years or 10 years, but oftentimes those plans change. Certain things are not in our control, which can lead to unexpected changes. This is true when raising children as well. Although these issues can affect married and unmarried couples alike, divorced couples may need to modify parenting plans to accurately reflect life's changes.

Imputing income to unemployed parents for child support

Unfortunately, there are many people in Tennessee who lose their jobs or get laid off. Not having income can create a very difficult situation for these individuals and their families. It is important that parents are able to provide for their children which, obviously, can be difficult when a job is lost. Usually, people who are in this situation do whatever they can to get a job as quickly as possible so they can once again start earning income again. However, securing gainful employment often takes much longer than expected.

Factors used to determine alimony in Tennessee

People in Tennessee work many different types of jobs. The exact job one may have can have significant consequences when it comes to divorce. Spouses may work very different types of jobs and earn varying levels of income, or only one spouse may work because the other stays home with young children. Others still may not work because of a chronic injury or illness. However, in some situations both spouses make approximately the same amount of money.

How domestic violence affects child custody in Tennessee

Every couple and family in Tennessee has disagreements and fights from time to time. This is common, but how people handle the fights vary from family to family. Some shut down and take time before they resolve it and some may attack the problem head on and resolve it right away. However, unfortunately some people resort to physical violence to resolve the fights. This is obviously not the right way to resolve the fight.

What is considered gross income for child support purposes?

People have many different types of jobs in Tennessee. Many people work for other companies as employees and receive a W-2 at the end of each year. It is generally fairly easy to determine a person's gross income when one's only income is through this type of employment. However, there are many other types of jobs and people have many different sources of income. People know that exact record keeping of these sources of income are important for taxes, but this record keeping is also important for determining child support in a divorce as well.

What are prenuptial agreements used for in Tennessee?

People in Tennessee generally marry for love, and are not worried about who has what property. However, when people marry they are also entering into an unwritten contract that everything that either one earns or acquires during the marriage becomes the property of both spouses regardless of which spouse actually earned or acquired the property. So, if the couple ends up divorcing each one would be entitled to an equitable portion of the marital property.

Mediation may be a good option as one goes through divorce

Everyone's marriage in Tennessee is unique, and just as every marriage is unique everyone's divorce is also unique. The major issues remain the same in most divorces, such as child custody, child support, property division and spousal support. However, these issues will be resolved based on the unique circumstances of the couple's marriage. Couples going through a divorce also have different options on the method they use to resolve their divorce.

When can parents modify a child support order?

Parents in Tennessee are required to provide for the financial needs of their children until they are at least 18 years old. These financial needs can be costly as well. Every child needs food, shelter and clothing as the basics, but they have other needs as well. Young children may require child care and parents may need to pay for the children's health insurance and other medical costs. Children also are involved in various activities that have fees and may require certain equipment.

New law amends payment of retroactive child support

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A short primer on Tennessee divorce

After making the monumental decision to pursue a divorce, most spouses want to move forward as quickly as possible, eager to start a new chapter in their lives. While this is certainly understandable, what about those spouses for whom the decision about divorce isn't quite so clear?

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