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Child Support and Parenting Plans


Child support in Tennessee is an important part of any court order or agreement dissolving a marriage in which there are children under 18. The child support guidelines require that the income of both parents be taken into consideration when determining the level of child support. Another consideration is the amount of time each parent spends with the children. There many of other factors that need to be taken into consideration. Consultation with knowledgeable counsel is important. It is also important that changes in child support (custody or financial) be properly documented and noted with the court.

  • Nashville Bar Journal Article on Collaborative Divorce

    (Originally published by The Nashville Bar Journal, December 2011-January 2012) The stage for a workable post marriage relationship between two people whose lives will always connected through children or family or friends is not set well by a divorce complaint dramatically setting out the gory details of one party’s “inappropriate marital conduct” followed by interrogatories…
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  • Mediation Helps Children Maintain Better Relationships With Both Parents

    A comparision of outcomes of mediations and going to court was the subject of a 12 year study by Dr. Robert Emery, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Children, Families, and the Law. Here is a link to a summary of his findings: http://emeryondivorce.com/divorce_mediation_study.php. Dr. Emery found that in the group that mediated, the non-primary…
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  • Opinion on Overnight Visitors with Unmarried Parents

         Many Tennessee courts and attorneys by reflex insert parenting plan provisions prohibiting residential parents from allowing overnight visitation by “paramours” or “members of the opposite sex to whom they are not married”.     The Court of Appeals for the western section of Tennessee recently struck down a local rule in Gibson County requiring…
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  • When One Parent Wants to Move

    What happens in Tennessee when one parent wants to relocate? When one of two parents involved in raising a child wants to move, there are various steps required by Tennessee law.First of all, there are specific requirements setting out when and how the parent who wants to move must give notice to the other parent.If…
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