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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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When Transporting the Children from One Parent to the Other Represents a Significant Expense

By Patrick L. Looper |

Moving to another state after a divorce can give you a fresh start in life.  If you and your ex-spouse have minor children together, though, living in different states makes co-parenting much more complicated.  If the parents live in the same city, it is easy for Dad to pick up the kids from school… Read More »

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When Couples Legally Separate Before They Divorce

By Patrick L. Looper |

Lots of unhappily married people will tell you that they are married in name only.  They get so little financial help and so little emotional companionship from their spouses that it is just like being alone.  Meanwhile, their spouses are still connected to them in ways that make it impossible to feel a true… Read More »

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Is Stay-at-Home Parenting Worth More Than a Model A Ford?

By Patrick L. Looper |

Is a car as old as your grandparents a valuable antique, or is it just an old piece of junk?  The value of an item of property is sometimes up for debate; if anyone doubts this, consider that the television show The Price Is Right has been producing new episodes for decades.  Disputes over… Read More »

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Sole Proprietorships and Division of Property

By Patrick L. Looper |

A sole proprietorship is the smallest possible kind of business.  It has only one owner and, in many cases, it has no employees other than the owner.  Therefore, sole proprietorship is the business entity designation for the professional activities of self-employed people.  In divorce cases, courts take business ownership, including ownership of a share… Read More »

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It Pays to Hire Lawyers Separately, Even If You File for Divorce Together

By Patrick L. Looper |

No matter how eager you are to start a new life separately from your ex-spouse, no one wants an ugly legal battle.  Therefore, many couples will take every opportunity to divorce in a way that does not involve facing off against each other in a courtroom.  Filing a marital dissolution agreement (MDA) is a… Read More »

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