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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...…

DIVORCE AND COMMUNICATION WITH YOUR SPOUSE

Posted on January 14, 2023

If you are divorcing and have children, it will be important for you to communicate directly with your spouse regarding parenting time, how expenses for the children will be paid and many other topics.  While this is likely a difficult time for both spouses, you know your children better than the...…

DIVORCE AND PAYING OFF DEBTS

Posted on December 5, 2022

A client came into my Brentwood, TN office this morning and asked to discuss options for paying off their marital debts.  Paying off the debts meant both spouse's monthly expenses will be reduced and both spouses will be able to start their new chapter with less financial baggage weighing them...…