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Updated Child Support Worksheet Released in Tennessee

A new child support worksheet became effective in Tennessee on May 10, 2020. The new child support worksheet is long overdue as this is the first substantial revision in nearly Fifteen (15) years which is when the income share approach came into effect in Tennessee. While the revisions are not monumental, the revisions include tightening of definitions and gray areas…

When Safer at Home is not Safe

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to schools and businesses shutting down. In East Tennessee, our governor issued Executive Order 24 last week which orders Tennesseans to stay in place except for essential activities. While some are relishing staying at home and a slower pace, there are others who live in homes with an unsafe partner or parent. According to the…

Open Adoption Agreements

Adoptions are typically plagued as the biological parent having some type of long-term issue that deemed them unfit; whether it be drugs, alcohol, or unfit living conditions. This is not always the case. Studies show that children who are adopted often struggle with reality v. fantasy. By reality I mean what their current situation is versus what their life would…

Why you need an attorney for your family

Having practiced for over a decade most people know what I do for a living. However, it is easy to be classified as a “family law” attorney or a “domestic attorney” (I prefer domestic diva, but alas, I digress LOL). Your family needs an attorney. No, not necessarily a family law attorney, but a family attorney – someone your family…

Do I need a Divorce Attorney?

In 2017, information is at our fingertips.  A potential client can google divorce forms and pull-up a phonebook of forms to attempt to draft and file divorce pleadings on their own.  The question comes up often in divorce cases where the parties have limited financial means or where they agree on what to do with respect to their children –…

Top Ten Things No To Do In A Divorce

Do not believe everything you read on the internet. Believe that your divorce is “just like your friend’s divorce.” Just like marriage and children –no two are alike. Belittle your spouse to your children. No judge wants to hear that little Suzy or Sally knows Dad was sleeping with the secretary and that is why Mommy and Daddy don’t live…

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