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DIVORCE AND NEGOTIATIONS

Posted on April 30, 2024

A client came into my Brentwood, TN office today and announced "I want to receive A, B and C in the divorce settlement and don't care what my husband wants."  While her attitude is not uncommon, it is unhelpful... This kind of thinking typically results in a battle with both spouses loosing and...…

DIVORCE AND VALUING THE HOUSE

Posted on March 12, 2024

A divorce client came into my Brentwood, TN office today and explained she wanted to keep the marital residence in the settlement.  She told me she had calculated the total amount of money paid towards the mortgage during the marriage and she wanted to pay her husband half of that amount for his...…

Divorce and taxes

Posted on January 22, 2024

A potential client called my Brentwood, TN office this morning and told me their divorce was bery simple and they wanted me to handle their case.  I asked if they had considered the federal tax issues... They had not considered if there were any tax issues... My reply was, "There are alwasy tax...…

DIVORCE IN TN AND PETS

Posted on November 13, 2023

A potential client came into my Brentwood, TN office today and mentioned they did not have children but, they did have 3 dogs.  She asked if pets are considered in a settlement.  Pets should indeed be included in settlement discussions and it is important to consider the needs of both the pets...…

Do I need a Nashville collaborative law attorney?

Posted on September 21, 2023

A potential client came into my Brentwood, TN office today and asked me if she needed a collaborative law attorney.  My answer was, "What is a collaborative law attorney?".  She looked confused and replied, "I don't know.  I read an article on the internet and it mentioned collaborative law. ...…

DIVORCE AND SMART NEGOTIATIONS

Posted on September 14, 2023

A client came into my Brentwood, TN office last week and told me what they wanted in both the settlement and the parenting plan.  Their requests were unreasonable and I explained this to the client.  A good settlement should result in both spouses getting most of what they want and understanding...…

LUMP SUM ALIMONY PAYMENTS IN DIVORCE

Posted on June 13, 2023

A client came into my Brentwood, TN office today and mentioned he wanted to pay his wife lump sum alimony rather than paying her alimony over time.  He told me he just wanted to get the payments behind him.  I can understand his position...  We discussed what amount of monthly alimony he would...…

CO-PARENTING POST DIVORCE AND WHAT YOUR KIDS WILL REMEBER ABOUT THE DIVORCE

Posted on May 1, 2023

I past client called my Brentwood, TN office today today and gave me an update on their post-divorce life... Their divorce was over about fifteen years ago and the first couple years were difficult for co-parenting.  She and her ex-spouse have worked through the "kinks" and are now co-parenting...…

DIVORCE AND LIVING TOGETHER DURING THE DIVORCE PROCESS

Posted on February 27, 2023

A client came into my Brentwood, TN office today and told me she was worn out by living with her husband and she just wanted to move out today, this minute! While her frustration is understandable, I remined her that there was not enough cash in the bank to pay the bills for the marital residence...…

DIVORCE AND FOCUSING ON THE NUMBERS

Posted on February 6, 2023

During the divorce process, emotions are heightened and it can be difficult to focus.  However, it is only after those divorcing really focus on the numbers that an acceptable settlement can be achieved. For example, a divorcing couple was in our Brentwood, TN office this morning and they said...…