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Divorce and Paying For College

Posted on August 29, 2016

Divorce and paying for college are topics I routinely discuss with my Nashville and Brentwood, TN clients. But, we discuss far more than just college expenses. There are college search trips, SAT prep classes, professionals to help your child with their essay, application fess and many more you...…

Divorce and Children

Posted on February 27, 2017

Divorce and children are a topic I frequently discuss with clients in my Brentwood, TN office.  I have found it is critical to consider what is best for the children.  If the parents focus on that issue, the parenting plan falls into place.  Is it best for them to be on a 7 days off, 7 days on...…

Divorce Settlements and the Long Term Financial Impact for Both Spouses

Posted on June 18, 2017

A divorce settlement needs to look at the short-term and long-term financial impacts.  In the short term, what can the husband afford to pay in child support and or alimony?  What are the monthly expenses (including taxes) for both spouses and the children?  What amount of alimony does the wife...…

Divorce and Alimony

Posted on August 7, 2017

Divorce and alimony are topics I discuss with clients every day.  It is really very straight forward and is all about the numbers... Attorneys tell me the main issues are how much does one spouse need and what is the other able to pay.  So, it is essential that both spouses have a solid...…

Financial Issues of Divorce

Posted on November 26, 2017

Financial issues of divorce need to be clearly understood by both spouses to ensure a fair settlement.  Think about this... divorce is 45% emotional, 45% financial and 10% legal... Find this suprising?  Perhaps you are new to the world of divorce?  Granted, every case is different but, divorce...…

Divorce and Taxes in 2018

Posted on February 11, 2018

Divorce and taxes is a topic I discuss with clients on a daily basis. The recent tax changes have significant impacts on divorce settlements. While understanding all of the changes can be overwhelming, below are common tax issues I've been explaining to and discussing with clients and their divorce...…

Divorce and Children's Expenses

Posted on May 31, 2018

Divorce and children's expense are a topic that many divorcing couples fail to adequatley address.  Why?  Because they are so distraught and distracted that they are not thinking clearly.  Because they likely have not been divorced before, they don't know what they dont know.   For example, I...…

DIVORCE AND THE PARENTING CLASS

Posted on March 25, 2019

A divorcing parent is required to attend the parentingf class if they have a minor child or children.  This four-hour class is offered by several companies throughout Nashville and two providers offer an online class.  Many of my clients have taken the online class rather than attending the class...…

NASHVILLE DIVORCE AND THE HOUSE

Posted on April 7, 2020

I was meeting with clients in my Brentwood office today and we discussed what to do with the marital residence.  Because they have three children, they would like to keep the house.  But, they could not afford to both have a residence large enough for three children.  So, they came to a...…

DIVORCE AND PARETNING PLANS

Posted on August 14, 2020

Divorcing parents are frequently concerned about how their child or children will spend time with each parent after the divorce is final.  The document that outlines the time spent with each parent is called a parenting plan.  This plan also covers which parent will pay for the children's health...…

DIVORCE IN TN AND COMMON QUESTIONS

Posted on August 30, 2020

I received a phone call this morning from a man who has been thinking about divorce for about 6 months.  He and his wife have agreed their marriage is no longer working.  They have both reached out to divorce attorneys and were not pleased with the aggressive, take no prisoners approach from the...…

Why Does TN Child Support End at 18?

Posted on April 29, 2012

If you are divorcing in TN and have children, remember that TN divorce laws state that child support payments will end when a child turns 18, or graduates from high school. If you are receiving child support, just because your child is at college does not mean that expenses for that child are $0...…

Graduation Day and Divorce

Posted on June 9, 2013

Graduation day from high school or college is a proud day for parents. Our children look so grown up in their cap and gown as the walk across the stage to receive their diplomas. After the ceremony, the family frequently enjoys a meal together. Imagine both parents at the event being able to enjoy...…

Customize Your Divorce Settlement to Meet the Needs of Your Family

Posted on March 27, 2013

If couples hope to achieve a fair divorce settlement that is acceptable to both spouses, thinking outside the box is essential. I've never had the exact same settlement for any of my Nashville clients because each family is unique and so are the solutions to their problems. A settlement that I am...…