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What is The Difference Between Contested and Uncontested Divorce? There are two main categories Tennessee divorces fall into. These categories are contested and uncontested divorces. The main difference between the two is that parties can obtain an uncontested divorce if they agree on all major issues that need to be resolved. If there are disagreements,…

Is My Spouse Hiding Assets? If you are considering getting a divorce or have begun the early stages of filing for divorce, one thing that may be on your mind is how it will impact your finances. If you have reason to distrust your spouse, you may be wondering if they are hiding assets from…

New Year Brings More Divorces During “Divorce Month” Experts have dubbed January as “Divorce month” due to the uptick in divorce filings during the month. As spouses begin a new year and are hopeful about the future, their marriage may be a reminder of an unhappy situation from which they want to escape. Spouses may…

Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce in Tennessee At Dotson & Taylor, Attorneys at Law, our Tennessee divorce lawyers are asked several common questions about the divorce process. There are many misconceptions about divorce in Tennessee. Some of the most frequently asked questions we receive, and answers are outlined below. If you still have questions about…

Divorce vs. Legal Separation in Tennessee Many spouses who do not believe that their marital relationship can be restored choose to divorce or legally separate. The process involved in either legal action parallels each other. Our skilled Murfreesboro divorce lawyers explain the differences between these two legal actions. Differences in divorce and legal separation There…

Contested vs. Uncontested Family Law Cases Typically, in a family law case, the case proceeds in one of two ways: contested or uncontested. Uncontested means that the parties agree on a course of action and are simply asking the court to make their agreement official. In contested cases, the parties do not agree and ask…

What is Joint Custody? In Tennessee, lawmakers understand the important role that both parents play in the lives of their children. As such, Tennessee family courts favor child custody arrangements in which parents share the responsibilities for caring for a child. These arrangements allow children to maintain stability even after divorce or separation and to…

Do Step-Parents Have Rights in a Divorce in Tennessee? Many step-parents play a primary role in the upbringing of children. When they make the difficult decision to get divorced, they may worry about how their meaningful relationship with their stepchildren may be affected and what rights they have to continue this relationship. It is important…

What a Business Owner Needs to Know Before Filing for Divorce For business owners, one of the most important things to protect during a divorce is the business. Divorce cases can become more complicated when a business interest is involved. The business may be considered marital property and subject to division under Tennessee divorce laws.…

What Types of Assets Can a Spouse Hide in a Divorce? Divorces often turn ugly. Spouses may feel bitter and want to keep as much property to themselves as possible, or they may want to protect their assets from a soon-to-be ex whom they believe is unworthy. It is not uncommon for there to be…

New Tax Law Change May Make Divorce Negotiations More Heated Individuals going through divorce who have significantly different incomes have relied on the alimony structure for years to help bridge this gap. However, a new federal law may impact whether divorcing spouses rely on spousal support to better balance their economic situations or whether they…

Is Property Division in Tennessee Divorce a 50-50 Split? States are either community property states or equitable distribution states. Community property states consider all assets or income acquired during the marriage as owned 50/50 by the spouses. Equitable distribution states divide the property between the spouses equitably, but not necessarily equally. Tennessee is an equitable…

How Does Domestic Violence Affect Custody Determinations in Tennessee? Tennessee family law courts take domestic violence seriously and understand how it can impact the entire family. Domestic violence is one of several factors that a Tennessee family law court can consider when awarding child custody. The legal standard Tennessee family courts use is the best…

7 Common Divorce Mistakes to Avoid Making the decision to get divorced is always difficult. Some people rush into this process while others slowly come to terms with the demise of their marriage. People may make critical mistakes during the divorce process that may impact them for years to come. Here are seven of the…

Spouses Turn to Digital Spying Gear When Suspicious Typically, when a spouse thought the other spouse was cheating, hiding assets or lying about some other fundamental aspect of the marriage, he or she traditionally turned to a private investigator. However, with an increase in spy gadgets and other technology, many individuals are taking control of…

How Does a Divorce Later in Life Affect Retirement? Perhaps you are on track with your long-term savings plan and now face the prospect of divorce. How will this affect your finances? What does this mean for your retirement savings plan? How divorce impacts your financial situation depends upon many individual factors. However, dissolving a…

Does It Take Long for an Uncontested Divorce? Perhaps you and your spouse cannot agree on anything except agreeing to file for divorce. If the two of you can have a meeting of the minds regarding the terms of your divorce, you may avoid resolving your differences in court. This is called an uncontested divorce…

Planning for Divorce Going through the process of divorce can be difficult, especially if the divorce process begins immediately. However, by planning for divorce, you can anticipate needs and possible challenges so that you can better prepare for them. Some factors to consider during this process include: Residence Think about where you plan to live…

Common Misconceptions about Divorce Just as all marriages are unique, so are all divorces. Some divorces are fairly straightforward and without incident; others are more complicated and stressful. Several common misconceptions about divorce exist; our experienced divorce attorneys tackle them one-by-one, in an effort to help you more fully understand the issues related to divorce.…

What to do When Your Divorce is Complicated Divorce is complicated. Entering into a marriage is personal; choosing to dissolve one is personal as well. Emotions run high. Decisions regarding child custody are difficult. And concerns regarding the financial implications of divorce and spousal support cause stress. In some situations, divorce is complicated due to…

Divorced? Be Sure to Change Your Insurance Policies If you are recently divorced, you likely have no desire to tackle anymore paperwork, sort through forms, or sign your name one more time on the dotted line. But, while your divorce may be final, your life post-divorce is just beginning and it is important to take…

Can Alimony Be Spent on Anything? Alimony – also called spousal maintenance or spousal support – can be a sensitive subject when discussing divorce. Many spouses feel that their spouse doesn’t deserve financial support given the circumstances, or perhaps the amount determined by the courts is too much. Others fear that their soon-to-be-ex will squander…

Why You Need a Divorce Lawyer in Tennessee If you are contemplating divorce, you may wonder if you need a divorce lawyer. After all, you and your partner made the decision to marry, so how hard can it be for you to dissolve that marriage? Actually, the legal process of getting married is much simpler…

Six Steps to Divorce in Tennessee A divorce is a true emotional trauma in anyone’s life. Your family and your assets are thrown into a sort of limbo, with the outcome unknown until the final judgment is rendered. And in between filing and final statements, a lot has to happen. Dotson & Taylor Attorneys at…

What Rights Do Fathers Have After a Divorce in Tennessee? As a father, facing a divorce case can seem like an uphill battle. You assume the courts will side with your children’s mother when it comes to matters of support and custody. But don’t despair. All things being equal, fathers share equal rights to share…

 Prevent Unnecessary Financial Loss During a Divorce According to data collected by the Center for Disease Control, Tennessee has a divorce rate higher than the national average, with 4.3 people out of every 1,000 getting divorced in 2011. Each of these people understands the potential for financial challenges and losses when splitting up assets and…

 The Basics of Tennessee Paternity In Tennessee - and in most other states - in order for both parents to have the right to sue for custody, request parenting time/visitation with a child or ask for child support, the child in question must have both a legal mother and a legal father. Maternity is, obviously,…

 Receiving Alimony in Tennessee After a divorce, money can get tight. The transition of going from a two-income family to a one-income family is a difficult one, and many people have to make cuts. Financial situations become even more difficult when one spouse was not working and was staying at home to take care of…

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