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Monthly Archives: October 2019

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The Henegar Case: A Divorce Due to the All Too Common Problems of Debt and Chronic Illness

By Patrick L. Looper |

If someone asks you, while you are walking back to your car after filing a divorce petition at the courthouse, why you are divorcing your spouse, you may have bad things to say about them.  The passage of time brings perspective, though, so ten years after the divorce becomes final, you might say that… Read More »

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Ogle v. Duff: A Dispute Over the Meaning of Marital Property

By Patrick L. Looper |

According to Tennessee law, almost any income a married person earns during the marriage becomes marital property.  Therefore, the court has the right to divide the income if the couple divorces.  In general things that you owned on your wedding day count as separate property.  The court does not divide these on the grounds… Read More »

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Can a Father Get Custody of Children After a Long Period of Not Being in Their Lives?

By Patrick L. Looper |

In a perfect world, former couples who have children together would divide their time with the children approximately equally, and they would keep to a schedule of transferring the children from one parent to the other.  In real life, though, things do not always work out so neatly.  The situation can get especially complicated… Read More »

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Permanent Alimony Should Not Undue Financial Hardship to the Supporting Spouse

By Patrick L. Looper |

Even though divorce causes financial setbacks to nearly everyone who goes through it, the courts in Tennessee seek to distribute couples’ property in such a way that no one loses all the financial stability they had during the marriage.  Judges award permanent alimony when they consider it appropriate, usually only in marriages of long… Read More »

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