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If you are going through a divorce in Tennessee in which cheating was a factor, you may be wondering whether cheating affects an alimony award in this state. Whether adultery affects alimony awards varies depending on the state; however, in the state of Tennessee, it may have an impact...

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…

Modification of Orders In family law cases, the court often retains jurisdiction of the case for many years to come. This means either party may be able to request a change in a family law order. This can be helpful when major life changes occur, making the previous order unrealistic, ineffective or questionable. Our experienced…

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…

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…

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…

What Does Tennessee’s Natural and Ordinary Meaning Law Actually Mean? Tennessee’s Governor Bill Haslam recently signed legislation requiring that Tennessee law be interpreted with their “natural and ordinary meaning, without forced or subtle construction that would limit or extend the meaning of the language.” If you are wondering what exactly that means, you are not…

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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