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Tennessee Courts Have the Option to Award Permanent Alimony Even If Your Ex-Spouse Has a Job

By Patrick L. Looper |

The stereotypical image of an ex-spouse who receives permanent alimony is a little old lady who has never worked outside the home and whose only employment options are low-paying job such as being a greeter at Walmart or a cashier at a fast food restaurant.  In fact, almost all alimony recipients are women, regardless… Read More »

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When Your Ex-Spouse Is So Abusive That the Court Awards You Noneconomic Damages for Pain and Suffering

By Patrick L. Looper |

In Tennessee, as in most states today, no fault divorce is the rule rather than the exception.  Most divorces happen because the ordinary disagreements that couples have, such as about finances, in-laws, parenting, careers, and intimacy, begin to outweigh the desire to stay together.  The family courts assume, usually correctly, that both parents have… Read More »

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Co-Parenting a Child Who Requires Residential Treatment for Mental Health Issues

By Patrick L. Looper |

Getting appropriate mental health treatment for a child is a major challenge, even when the child’s parents are happily married to each other.  Managing one’s mental health is a marathon, not a sprint, even in the best of circumstances.  Determining whether a psychiatric medication is working, building trust with a therapist, and advocating for… Read More »

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What Constitutes a Reasonable Purpose for Moving Out of State with Your Children?

By Patrick L. Looper |

Divorced couples who have children must cooperate to act in their children’s best interests, but there is a limit to how much your ex can meddle in your plans and veto your decisions.  For example, if your ex doesn’t like your new partner, they can limit the time your children can spend with the… Read More »

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