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Tennessee's Revised Child Support Guidelines

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS), as of May 10, 2020, has implemented and revised the child support guidelines to help align all child support orders with changing family economics, improve the system for both custodial and non-custodial parents, and meet new federal requirements.

Why mediation is a popular option in a high-asset divorce

If you and your spouse are facing divorce, the thought of having to go through a long and possibly bitter courtroom battle is a less than appealing prospect.

As a couple with young children and significant assets, you may consider mediation as a divorce option that has merit on many levels.

Do Grandparents Have Visitation Rights to Grandchildren?

Most grandparents would give anything to spend more time with their grandchildren, but familial relationships can get complicated. For a grandparent, not being able to have a relationship with their grandchild can be a very emotional experience. Tennessee law recognizes the nature of a grandparent's love and relationship to the grandchild, but the value of that relationship is viewed from the perspective of what is best for the child, not for the grandparents. Thus, several statutory hurdles must be completed before the court will consider whether a relationship with the grandparents should be ordered.

What to expect when your company is under investigation

According to any meaningful measure, federal corporate investigations, indictments, and settlements are on the rise. For example, the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC), which is responsible for enforcing U.S. sanctions laws, settled nearly four times as many cases in 2019 compared with 2018. In 2019, OFAC's settlement totaled almost 1.3 billion USD.

Do Grandparents Have Visitation Rights to Grandchildren?

Most grandparents would give anything to spend more time with their grandchildren, but familial relationships can get complicated. For a grandparent, not being able to have a relationship with their grandchild can be a very emotional experience. Tennessee law recognizes the nature of a grandparent's love and relationship to the grandchild, but the value of that relationship is viewed from the perspective of what is best for the child, not for the grandparents. Thus, several statutory hurdles must be completed before the court will consider whether a relationship with the grandparents should be ordered.

As a business owner, are you prepared to deal with a lawsuit?

During your career as a business owner, you may have to contend with at least one lawsuit. Being proactive will help you cope and hopefully succeed if you ever face litigation.

Here are four major points to keep in mind in preparing for a potential lawsuit.

It is Possible to File for Alimony and Not Receive it. Do You Qualify?

The decision to get a divorce is a done deal, but now you may be going into panic mode because you have relied on your husband or wife for financial support. You may not be able to pay for everyday costs on your own, or you need some time to get back on your feet, and are wondering how you are going to live? Do not go into panic mode just yet, you may qualify for alimony. Alimony is an extremely important part of divorce but is often overlooked by parties until it is too late.

Custody planning during the holidays

The holidays are a special time, usually filled with joy and family fun. However, for a family that is in the middle of a divorce, things may be a bit different.

Whether parents are on good terms or not, it is important that they strive to provide stability for their children. In that vein, planning for the holidays is important. 

If you are facing a divorce you will have to face the reality of alimony

Getting a divorce is hard to do, but it becomes more difficult when one side cannot support themselves following the separation. In these situations, alimony becomes another potential issue in a divorce proceeding. Spouses ordered to pay alimony are often, and understandably, resentful of the court-ordered obligation; after all, a significant portion of their earnings are going to their ex-spouse. Below, we examine alimony and the general types most courts acknowledge.

Collaborative Family Law

On April 1, 2019, the Tennessee Supreme Court amended their rules to add Rule 53, a new rule addressing Collaborative Family Law. This decision has been a long time coming and thanks should be given to the many professionals that have worked hard for this outcome. It is just another tool for those families having to go through a divorce. This "new" tool provides a team-based approach for divorce.

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