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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

If you think back to July 1, chances are good you'll remember grilling, spending time with family and friends, planning for fireworks or even just relaxing. In other words, you'll remember nothing particularly noteworthy about the first day of the long holiday weekend.

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?

What you should know about property division in Tennessee -- II

In a previous post, we discussed how an issue of paramount importance in most divorces is property division, something that makes perfect sense when you consider the time and energy most married couples invest into building a better life.

What you should know about property division in Tennessee

When divorce proves inevitable, the issue of paramount importance to the vast majority of people is understandably child custody and visitation. Coming in second -- or perhaps even first if the couple has no children -- is property division, something that makes sense when you consider the time and energy that most couples expend trying to build a better life.

Factors used to determine which parent will have custody

There are many different parental situations in Knoxville. Sometimes the parents are married, sometimes they are divorced or separated and in other situations the parents were never married. While the parents are married, they are generally living together and raising the children together. However, if they divorce or were never married in the first place, this is not usually the case. The parents will live separately, but that does not mean that only one parent is responsible for raising the child.

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