General Practice

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 their relationship with...

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 arrangement....

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 non-recurring adoption...

Why parenting plans are important for your child   In 2008, former Rutherford County Circuit Court Judge Don Ash partnered with Vanderbilt Psychologist William Bernet for “Children of Divorce: A Practical Guide for Parents, Therapists, Attorneys and Judges.” “It contains specific advice on how to achieve basic goals,...

Understanding the basics of family law is important at any stage of life Living life day to day has many endeavors and challenges through work and personal situations. In the same way, family law has many situations that may be out of reach. When the family...