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  • Legal separation in Tennessee is like a divorce without the divorce Instead of legally dissolving their marriage, a couple can choose to be legally separated where they live apart but still retain some of the benefits of marriage. This can be done for a variety......

  • What rights do fathers have about adoption in Tennessee? Fathers have two types of rights in Tennessee — paternity and custody. While custody is the legal right to raise a child, paternity is the legal definition of who a father is. Custody includes being included......

  • Getting to know common law marriage in Tennessee The short answer to the question “does Tennessee recognize common-law  marriage?” is no. But there is a little more to the concept. A common-law marriage is one in which the couple presents as married without actually registering......

  • Who can access adoption records in Tennessee When entering into an adoption in Tennessee, it is important to know how adoption records are treated and governed by state law. First, Tennessee allows for three different types of adoption, as far as records are concerned, an......

  • Sometimes seen as controversial contracts between prospective spouses, prenuptial agreements can be a valuable tool to use before entering into a marriage contract. Seen by some as bringing lawyers into the sacred bond of marriage, a prenuptial agreement doesn’t turn a marriage into a financial......

  • Paying for an adoption can comprise many details Adopting can be expensive. But there are grants, loans and tax credits available for prospective parents to help defray the cost of adoption. Tennessee, for example, offers parents up to $1,500 per child to help pay for......