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Baby Nups: Myth or Reality?

By Patrick L. Looper |

Conflict over the time commitments, financial resources, and emotional labor involved in taking care of young children can lead to the breakdown of marriages.  Happily married couples often worry that, once the adorable new baby comes home, a loving, good-humored wife will turn into a controlling shrew or that a reliable, responsible husband will… Read More »

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Yes, You Can Go to Jail for Failure to Pay Child Support, but the Presumption of Innocence Applies

By Patrick L. Looper |

How ugly can battles over child support get?  Pretty ugly, in fact.  The cases where one spouse threatens to take the children and disappear are quite rare, but years-long court battles where ex-spouses accuse each other of being gold diggers or deadbeats are more common.  No one, least of all judges, wants to hear… Read More »

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What Does It Mean to Consent to a Prenuptial Agreement?

By Patrick L. Looper |

Tennessee law regards prenuptial agreements the same way that it regards any legal contract.  In other words, the agreement is only valid if both parties to the agreement understand and consent to all its provisions.  Because prenuptial agreements often involve one spouse waiving the right to financial support that they would otherwise receive in… Read More »

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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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Smartphone Apps Can Ruin Your Marriage, but Can They Help with Your Divorce?

By Patrick L. Looper |

If you browse the app store on your phone, or even just scroll through the apps you already have, you will probably find some that contributed to the breakdown of your relationship with your spouse.  Perhaps you have addictive games that lure your attention away from your family.  Then there are the news apps… Read More »

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Divorce Monday: Myth or Reality?

By Patrick L. Looper |

If you are old enough to remember a time before the Internet, you have probably noticed that there are many more minor holidays now than there were in the analog age.  Black Friday only rose to prominence in the last few decades, and Cyber Monday would not have been possible at all without the… Read More »

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Are You Eligible for an Agreed Divorce in Tennessee?

By Patrick L. Looper |

Yes, about 50 percent of marriages in the United States end in divorce, but the divorce rate is not evenly distributed across the entire population.  The couples who are most likely to stay together are educated people who marry after age 25 and do not have previous divorces or children from previous relationships.  Factors… Read More »

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