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Titling Your Assets in Someone Else’s Name in Order to Avoid Paying Alimony Will Only Make You Look Bad in Front of the Court

By Patrick L. Looper |

As the coronavirus pandemic shutdown threatens to drag onward into the summer, hardly anyone has any extra money lying around.  The fact that you still have to pay alimony even as your job is indefinitely on hold, whereas even tax debts and past due student loans cannot take away your economic stimulus check.  You… Read More »

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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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Not Everything Paid in Installments Is Alimony

By Patrick L. Looper |

For many people, one of the things that separates a painless divorce from a messy one is making a clean break.  In the best of circumstances, a judge simply signs off on the couple’s agreement about which spouse gets to keep which of the couple’s assets, and the spouses go their separate ways.  In… Read More »

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Supervised Visitation: When the Courts Want to Preserve the Parent-Child Relationship, but It Isn’t Safe for the Child to Be Alone with the Parent

By Patrick L. Looper |

Supervised visitation with your children can feel like a blessing or a curse, depending on the circumstances.  If you have just finished a jail sentence, then supervised visitation feels great; holding your children’s hands as you walk through the mall and eating with them at the mall food court is so much better than… Read More »

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Whose Parenting Time Is It When the Children Are in Daycare?

By Patrick L. Looper |

Tennessee parenting plans contain many details for parents to customize, such as which parent has the children on teacher planning days and which parent transports the children to or from the other parent’s house.  With school-age children, most parenting plans are quite similar to each other; one parent has the children on weekdays, while… Read More »

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Parenting Plans for the Parents of Newborns

By Patrick L. Looper |

Every parent knows that babies, in their first few months of life, drastically change their families’ daily schedules.  Rather than being clearly divided into day and night, a 24-our period with a newborn is a blur of round-the-clock feedings with diaper changes after almost every feeding, an endless cycle of fussing and soothing.  Even… Read More »

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Trying to Sabotage Your Ex-Spouse’s Efforts at Co-Parenting Doesn’t Pay

By Patrick L. Looper |

Many former couples get along much better as divorced co-parents of their children than they ever did when they were married with each other.  If your relationship with your ex-spouse improved after your divorce became final, you are one of the lucky ones.  Some people have an even more acrimonious relationship because of post-divorce… Read More »

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