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How Much Alimony Do You Pay Your Ex-Spouse If You Relied on Your Parents’ Financial Support During Your Marriage

By Patrick L. Looper |

Many families live beyond their means; having a family court scrutinize your finances during your divorce case often comes as a rude awakening.  When you argue that you cannot afford to pay enough alimony to provide your ex-spouse with luxuries, you are also admitting that you cannot afford those luxuries for yourself and probably… Read More »

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Don’t Quit Your Job and Sell Your House Until You Are Sure the Court Will Allow You to Relocate

By Patrick L. Looper |

Second marriages are both easier and more difficult than first marriages.  First, there is the statistic that people who have been divorced before are more likely to get divorced again, but statistics can’t predict your future.  On the one hand, people who are married to their second spouse are more mature and have learned… Read More »

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Is Your House Marital Property If Your Spouse Bought It While You Were Engaged?

By Patrick L. Looper |

In order for a divorce court to make an equitable distribution of a couple’s property (equitable means “fair”), it must first determine which assets are marital property and which are separate property.  Only the marital property gets divided, but the court looks at factors like earning potential and separate property when deciding whether and… Read More »

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The Court Has the Final Say About Whether Your Alimony Agreement Is Fair

By Patrick L. Looper |

Some couples spend years in court arguing about alimony, while others decide about it long before they divorce, or even before they marry.  If you and your spouse agreed in a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement about how much one of you will pay the other in alimony in the event of your divorce, then… Read More »

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The Purpose of Alimony Is Not to Compensate You for the Pain of Divorce

By Patrick L. Looper |

Anyone who has been through a divorce can tell you that it was one of the most painful things they have ever experienced.  Having to disentangle yourself from something you thought would be permanent is never easy, even if you and your ex did not part as enemies and do not have minor children… Read More »

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Postnuptial Agreements Let You Decide What Is Marital Property and What Is Separate Property

By Patrick L. Looper |

In Tennessee, the legal doctrine of equitable distribution gives courts the discretion to decide what is fair when dividing marital property.  They consider each family’s case individually, looking into each party’s income, separate property, earning potential, and financial need, but couples are not always satisfied with the results.  You have much more control over… Read More »

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What Happens If Your Spouse Trashes Your Personal Property While Your Divorce Is Pending?

By Patrick L. Looper |

You probably know someone who never saw the full extent of their ex-spouse’s mean streak until they filed for divorce.  It’s one thing to say, “You want to divorce me?  Fine!  You’re not getting a penny!”  Actually destroying things just to reduce the amount of property available to your spouse at the end of… Read More »

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Lex Loci Contractus and Tennessee Prenuptial Agreements

By Patrick L. Looper |

Prenuptial agreements give you a lot of freedom about which of your assets you do and don’t want to combine.  You can include provisions in your prenup about spousal support, business ownership, debts, or even pets.  The only subject that is truly off-limits in a prenuptial agreement is children and child support.  Most of… Read More »

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How Does Equitable Distribution Work When Both Parties Are Struggling Financially?

By Patrick L. Looper |

The stereotype goes that, the richer you are, the messier your divorce case is, but it does not always work out that way.  Some wealthy people, having learned the hard way in a previous divorce, sign prenuptial agreements in which they resolve all the financial issues that could complicate their divorce before problems arise. … Read More »

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When Does a Personal Injury Settlement Become Marital Property?

By Patrick L. Looper |

When a couple gets a divorce, not all of their property is subject to division.  The court will divide the couple’s marital assets in a way that it deems equitable (that is, in the fairest possible way, but not necessarily equally), but each spouse gets to keep his or her own non-marital assets.  If… Read More »

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