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Child Support Obligations Do Not Automatically Stop When the Child Turns Eighteen

By Patrick L. Looper |

Parents often feel that their children grow up too quickly, but when you are thinking in terms of child support obligations, the day when your children become legally financially independent of you cannot come soon enough.  Even if your children still need help from you financially after they turn eighteen, at least you can… Read More »

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Marital Dissolution Agreements Can Help Couples Stay in Control of the Terms of Their Divorce

By Patrick L. Looper |

A recently divorced friend might brag to you about how relieved she feels to kick her ex to the curb and start a new life, or a co-worker might brandish his newly minted divorce decree and joyfully exclaim that he is now free to invite his buddies over to play video games at all… Read More »

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Judges Award Permanent Alimony in Tennessee on a Case-by-Case Basis

By Patrick L. Looper |

If all your information about alimony comes from stand-up comedy routines, you might think that courts require men to pay 50 percent or more of their income to their ex-wives, who, for their part, avoid seeking employment while they start a new life with their live-in boyfriends.  If your information comes from friends who… Read More »

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A Family Lawyer Can Help You Navigate Issues of Child Custody When Your Ex Lives Outside Tennessee

By Patrick L. Looper |

The reason that Tennessee parenting plans address so many details is that there are so many issues over which divorced couples can argue.  The things that annoyed you about your ex when you were married do not go away after you get divorced.  If it was an ordeal to get your spouse to pick… Read More »

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Teenagers Have a Right to Voice Their Wishes About Time Sharing with Divorced Parents

By Patrick L. Looper |

When a couple that has young children together divorces, they agree on a parenting plan, which the court requires them to follow.  It determines which parent has the children on weekdays and weekends, as well as holidays and vacations when school is not in session.  In theory, parenting plans last until a child reaches… Read More »

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Krystal, the Tennessee Mother Who Abandoned Her Children, Resulting in Termination of Parental Rights

By Patrick L. Looper |

The Tennessee family court system prioritizes the best interests of the children in all its decisions.  In most cases, that means that both biological parents have regular contact with the children, although the details about how much time the children spend with each parent vary from one family to another.  In many families, a… Read More »

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Protect Your Beloved Pets with Prenuptial Agreements

By Patrick L. Looper |

One day, Alice is walking her dog, when she meets a handsome man named Bob, and they strike up a conversation.  A year later, Alice and Bob get married, and they move into a new house with a big yard where the dog can run around and play fetch.  Two years later, they get… Read More »

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Maher v. Woodruff: How Changes in Your Financial Situation and in the Law Affect Alimony and Child Support Payments

By Patrick L. Looper |

Many financial agreements can be negotiated, but the rules about child support in Tennessee are quite fixed.  Every successful entrepreneur knows how to talk his or her way into paying less than the sticker price, and everyone who has ever deposited a tax refund check has only been able to do so because of… Read More »

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Alattiyat v. Qasqas: A Case of Conflicting Information About Income

By Patrick L. Looper |

Lump sum alimony or periodic?  Rehabilitative alimony or bridge-the-gap?  Low income taken at face value or higher income imputed?  These are some of the issues that courts must decide in divorce cases in Tennessee.  The Alattiyat v. Qasqas case involves an unusually large number of these issues, especially considering that the couple reached their… Read More »

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The Grubb Case: What Is Fair and Acceptable in Tennessee Prenuptial Agreements?

By Patrick L. Looper |

Although prenuptial agreements are becoming more popular, they are not for everyone.  They are only appropriate for couples who have reason to want to avoid mingling their financial assets and liabilities.  Many people who sign prenuptial agreements are partners in a business, such that dividing their share of the business in a divorce would… Read More »

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