When Can a Family Member Adopt Another Family Member?
Family members are taking on the task of stepping forward and caring for children in their families almost every single day in Tennessee. Sometimes, this is because the child’s biological parents cannot take care of them, or it may be because the person married the parent of the child and would like to adopt the…Read More
Domestic Violence Is a Leading Cause of Concussions
When most people think of concussions, they think of football or falls. They may think of acts of violence like a mugging or an assault, but they don’t always think about domestic violence. Based on recent studies and data, though, we should be connecting family violence to concussions. According to data compiled from domestic violence…Read More
What Are My Options When My Ex Won’t Follow the Parenting Plan?
Child custody battles can become contentious, particularly when one of the parties is unwilling to compromise. Things generally get even more complicated when parent refuses to comply with the court-approved Tennessee parenting plan. What options does the other parent have? Divorcing parents in Tennessee must attend a four-hour parenting class and file a parenting plan…Read More
Tips for Parenting When You’re Deployed Overseas
When parents have decided that divorce is the best decision for their relationship, children must deal with the emotional and physical changes that they will undergo in their daily lives. Military deployment presents even more challenges for both the parents and the children as it could cause stress, doubt, and uncertainty to develop within the…Read More
I Lost My Job. Can I Still Get Custody of the Kids?
As a parent, losing your job can send you into a whirlwind of emotion. Understandably, your first thought will be reserved for your children. You may be stressed about how you will financially provide for them. If you are in the process of a custody battle, your stress could be even greater. You may be…Read More
I Just Got Served with Divorce Papers. Now What?
There is no such thing as a perfect time to be served with divorce papers. Even if you knew they were coming, being served with divorce papers can throw you off guard. Whether you want to end your marriage or not, there are certain steps that you must take now that you have been served.…Read More
I Think My Ex Is Hurting My Kids. What Can I Do?
If you’re separated, you may have shared custody of your children or visitation rights. It’s difficult to share your children in the first place, but immeasurably so when you believe that your ex is treating your children poorly, perhaps even abusing them. This can be terrifying, and you may feel alone, but you have several…Read More
What Is the Parenting Education Seminar?
Divorce sucks. It is not a fun or easy process, but it is often a necessary one. A divorce may happen simply because two people no longer feel the same as they did when they first married, or because of some other factor such as abuse or adultery. Whatever the case, when this happens, it’s…Read More
New Bill in Tennessee Expands the Definition of Severe Child Abuse
At the beginning of the summer, the Tennessee legislature introduced a new bill that could potentially impact child custody cases moving forward. The new bill, titled SB-1530, expands on the definition of severe child abuse. According to the new bill, individuals can be penalized for severe child abuse if the child is knowingly or negligently…Read More
Keep Your Marriage Strong by Showing Gratitude Every Now and Then
One of the challenges of a long-term relationship or marriage is recognizing whether you’re taking your partner for granted. A recent article in The Atlantic discusses the issue of “habituation,” which is the technical term for the diminished response to a person’s actions over time, and how it can contribute to problems within a marriage.…Read More