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When the Family Business Falls Apart When the Marriage Does

By Patrick L. Looper |

Running a business with your spouse can be beautiful, but it can also be an enormous source of stress.  You don’t have to worry that your spouse has a “work spouse” who understands their career ambitions better than you do, because you are both the work spouse and the home spouse.  You share the… Read More »

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What Happens to the Marital Home If You Divorce While You Still Owe Money on the Mortgage?

By Patrick L. Looper |

For many couples, buying a house is a powerful sign of commitment to each other.  When you are happily married, making mortgage payments on your forever home feels like a gesture of love, something you do together, rather than a source of financial stress.  Paying off the mortgage on your family home is truly… 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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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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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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Who Keeps the Family Business After a Divorce?

By Patrick L. Looper |

For many couples, the most valuable asset they own is the marital home, and it becomes the subject of the most heated dispute over division of property in the couple’s divorce.  In this case, the court usually awards the marital home to the party that needs it more; if they both need it, or… Read More »

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What Is Marital Misconduct, and How Does It Affect Your Divorce Case?

By Patrick L. Looper |

The language of today’s court decisions about divorce reflects the idea that no one should win or lose in a divorce.  The goal is to reach a settlement that is fair to both parties.  When the parties have minor children, the best interest of the children is the guiding principle, and unless one parent… 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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