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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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The Seifert Case: When Prenuptial Agreements Are Not the Only Factor in Determining Alimony

By Patrick L. Looper |

Even though prenuptial agreements sometimes involve one spouse waiving the right to alimony, that is not their main purpose.  At their core, prenuptial agreements identify assets that do not become marital property.  When a couple divorces after a long marriage, one spouse might still be required to pay alimony, even if there is a… Read More »

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Why You Should File for Divorce Instead of Waiting for Your Estranged Spouse to Do It

By Patrick L. Looper |

You and your spouse both know that your marriage is over.  You have gone beyond the stage of telling your friends, or worse, your crush, that you and your spouse are more like roommates than a couple.  Maybe one of you has caught the other one cheating, or maybe one spouse has already moved… Read More »

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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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