June 29th — Family, Divorce Mistakes, Divorce

​An Uncontested, Stress-Free Divorce in Tennessee

Tennessee law allows a process for divorce that significantly reduces the emotional burden and the expense of protracted litigation. You do not have to have an attorney to file for divorce. However, proceed with cauti...

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June 23rd — Family, Family Law, Parenting, Safety, Bullying

Parents’ Guide To Cyberbullying and the Law


What Is Cyberbullying

Bullying has always been an unfortunate part of the adolescent experience. Although discouraged by parents and teachers, most of us probably have memories of being intimidated by sc...

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June 15th — General, Parenting, Bullying

​School Bullies and Your Options

No one wants to see their child get bullied at school, but what should a parent do if they feel like they can't protect their child? Sending your kid off to school knowing there is a bully waiting for their arrival can be...

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May 12th — Criminal Law

​How To Handle Criminal Charges When You Are Wrongly Accused

Being an innocent person who is on the receiving end of an accusation can be devastating. Presumption of innocence dictates that the burden...

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May 5th — Family, Divorce Mistakes, Divorce

7 Ways to Save Money During a Divorce


Getting a divorce is expensive. I'm sure you have heard horror stories. We all have. As a divorce lawyer, I can tell you that unfortunately, those stories come true more often than you'd like to think. ...

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April 28th — Civil Law, Lawsuits

Can Victims of Crime Sue Perpetrators?

If you have ever been the victim of a violent crime, you might be wondering what recourse you have. Violent crime victims are often left physically and emotionally harmed, but they can also experience significant financial l...

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April 7th — Criminal Law, Police

When The Police Fail To Read Your Miranda Rights


In March of 1963, a man named Ernesto Miranda was arrested by the Phoenix Police Department. After an attempt to use his written confession at trial, his court-appointed attorney objected. The case reached th...

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March 22nd — Criminal Law

What Mistake of Law Means in a Criminal Case


The common saying that "ignorance is bliss," does not apply when talking about ignorance of the law in a criminal case. The difference between "mistake of law" and "mistake of fact" is an imp...

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March 16th — Criminal Law, DNA

Is DNA Evidence Living Up To Its Promise?


For years, DNA evidence has been considered the decisive factor in forensic cases. On many occasions DNA has proven suspects guilty or helped to prove their innocence. With so much in the news ...

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March 2nd — Divorce

Post-Divorce Checklist

Going through a divorce can be a difficult process. Once the process is complete and the divorce is final, you can finally breath a sigh of relief. However, there are still some more steps that you must take in order t...

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February 12th — Child Support, Family, Divorce, Safety

​How Domestic Violence Impacts Child Custody in Tennessee

Domestic violence is a very serious issue that causes lifelong trauma for victims. The state of Tennessee, like other states, considers domestic violence when making child custody and visitation rulings. Tennessee places...

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February 9th — Divorce Mistakes, Divorce

Does An Affair Cost More In Divorce In Tennessee?


Affairs can destroy a marriage, and when it comes to divorce, they can really complicate the matter. In the state of Tennessee, adultery can be grounds for a divorce in and of itself. If you and/or your spouse...

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January 27th — Criminal Law

​The Rules of Criminal Procedure in Tennessee

Criminal prosecution is the process of bringing an individual to trial for violating a criminal law. Once an individual is accused of violating a criminal law, he or she is given the right to a fair trial by a jury of pee...

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January 19th — Finances, Divorce, Separation

Key Legal Mistakes People Make During Divorce


Divorce is a very stressful time for all the parties involved. Emotions are running high for both parties, and in many cases the need for revenge is prevalent. Sadly, many legal mistakes are made becau...

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January 11th — Child Support, Finances, Family Law, Divorce

What To Know About Changing & Challenging Child Custody

Specific laws and procedures govern child custody issues. When parents agree to modify an existing custody order, the process is fairly simple. Greater difficulty arises, however, when parents do not agree to proposed chan...

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January 4th — Family, Parenting, Divorce

How to Talk to Small Children About Divorce


When two people decide to get a divorce, they often think about the impact the process will have on their small children. After all, divorce drastically alters the daily routines of any family. If you are going thro...

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December 30th — Prenuptial, Family Law

Are You Ready for Marriage?


While marriage is an incredible union and planning a wedding is a thrilling experience, there are many legal considerations for a couple to think about before getting married. Taking the time to le...

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December 22nd — Divorce, Separation

Marriage Annulments vs. Divorce


While annulments and divorces have the same result: dissolution of marriage; they are quite different. The main difference lies in how they treat the marriage itself. Much like a divorce, an annulment dissolves a m...

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December 7th — Family, Parenting

Tips For Bonding With Your Stepchild


Being a stepparent is often equal parts rewarding and challenging, particularly when it comes to establishing the initial bond with children in a newly blended family. By taking the time to get to know eac...

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November 30th — social media

Digital Legacy Planning

Social networks are still a relatively new aspect of technology, with many people taking advantage of digital connection. The beauty of social networking is the interconnectivity of various people all across the world. Pe...

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November 18th — Family, Divorce Mistakes, Parenting

Avoiding The Guilt Traps Of Divorced Parents


Divorce is a difficult and trying life event, which can have a negative emotional impact on the couple splitting, as well as and, most importantly, their children. Although there may be no specific set of gui...

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November 10th — Divorce, Separation

Understanding the Basics: Divorce vs. Separation


There is a great deal of murkiness surrounding the legal implications and general understanding of what it means to be divorced versus what it means to be separated. When you couple diffi...

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November 2nd — Family Law, Divorce

How To Prepare For Meeting With A Divorce Lawyer

Divorce is a complicated process. There are many ways in which you can miss out on advantages you deserve. There are also many ways that you can be taken advantage of by not knowing your rights.

It is im...

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October 21st — Family Law, Parenting

Checklist for New Parents

Becoming a new parent is an overwhelming but exciting time. There is so much to learn and so much to process before the baby arrives. Whether you are part of a couple giving birth, adopting, or a single parent bringing ne...

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October 14th — General, Family Law, Parenting

Relationship Tips For Moms and Stepmoms


Blended families are common these days, which means biological mothers and stepmothers are co-parenting children. It can be a difficult course to navigate when dealing with an ex-wife or the new partner of an ex-husband, bu...

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October 13th — Family Law

What To Know About Emancipation

Emancipation refers to a legal process that frees a child from parental custody. Emancipation terminates the legal authority or control that a parent(s)/ has over their child before they attain majority age.

Who Can Be Emancipated?

For a minor to be free from his or her par...

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October 9th — Family Law, Safety

Protecting Yourself After An Abusive Relationship

If you are experiencing an abusive relationship, it can be difficult to focus on what you should do first to protect yourself. Your first priority is simple: focus on getting yourself and any children involved to a...

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September 25th — Finances, General

What to Know About Unmarried Couples and Property

Unmarried couples might believe that splitting up is easier for them than it is for married couples. After all, there are no lawyers, judges or divorce courts necessary for a clean break. In a perfect split, the partie...

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September 17th — Finances, Family Law, Divorce

Documents To Gather When Considering Divorce

Divorce Documents

Divorce is stressful enough without having to scramble to find important legal documents that are necessary to finalize settlement. Gathering important financial, legal, and personal documents b...

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September 10th — Family Law, Parenting

5 Skills You Need Before Becoming A Foster Parent

Becoming a foster parent can be infinitely rewarding, and it can provide a calm and loving home to a child in need of stability and care. However, the process of applying to be a foster ...

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September 3rd — General, Family

What Does "Conscious Uncoupling" Mean During Divorce?


In 2014, actress Gwyneth Paltrow announced that she and her husband of ten years were in the process of "conscious uncoupling" of their marriage. Few at the time understood what was meant by the phrase, causing some to...

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August 25th — Child Support, Divorce Mistakes

How You Are Sabotaging Your Divorce

It is no secret that the divorce process is incredibly difficult and often heartbreaking. When times get tough, otherwise-rational minded people can overreact, or act in a way that proves detrimental to the process. We know h...

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August 17th — Finances

The True Cost of Divorce

If you fear the financial burden of facing a divorce, you are not alone. Divorce is a daunting experience, one that can feel like an insult to injury when reconciling the end of your marriage. Fortunately, many of the costs that ac...

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August 7th — Family

How to Blend A Modern Family

In today's modern world, more and more families are becoming blended. A blended family occurs when two separate families come together to form one stepfamily. As you can imagine, a blended family possesses its own unique s...

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July 31st — Child Support

Who Is Responsible for Child Support in Tennessee?

For those living in Tennessee, it can be confusing to understand the laws revolving around child support. Child support is the act of sending money to the primary care provider of a child who is biologically your own. ...

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July 15th — Prenuptial

4 Reasons You Should Sign A Prenuptial Agreement

Marriage is a contract. It is a binding agreement between parties, with legally obligating terms. Whether we explicitly acknowledge that fact or not, the fact remains. A prenuptial agreement is the surest way to protect yourse...

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July 6th — Finances

How to Protect Your Finances in a Later-In-Life Divorce

There is no such thing as a good time to get a divorce. Divorce by its very nature signifies the end of something that was intended to last a lifetime. Getting divorced when over the age of 50 and after many ...

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June 26th — General

Do You Really Need A Lawyer to Settle Your Divorce?

Divorce, like marriage, is a legally binding contract between two consenting parties. When that party is over, a new contract is required to replace the old one. When you said, "I do," what you were entering i...

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