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Month: January 2007

Can a Parent Go To Jail For Failing To Pay Child Support?

Can a Parent Go To Jail For Failing To Pay Child Support?

In Tennessee, a parent can be placed in jail for violating a child support order if the parent has the ability to pay. Courts have civil contempt powers that can be used to enforce their orders. The parent who is owed money may file a petition for contempt against the parent that owes the child support. If the court finds that there is an order for child support and the parent has not paid, the burden is then on the…

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Tennessee Protection Orders (Orders of Protection)

Tennessee Protection Orders (Orders of Protection)

Tennessee has two types of Protection Orders that may be sought by qualified individuals that are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Temporary Protection Orders (TPO), are ex parte (which means a judge may issue the order with only one party present). A TPO is effective for 15 days or until a full hearing is held. These orders can be granted without the abusers knowledge. If a TPO is granted, the police will notify the abuser of the…

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How Long Does a Divorce Take in Tennessee

How Long Does a Divorce Take in Tennessee

This is one of the first questions that I am asked by a new client. The answer usually depends on several factors. Two of these will generally have the greatest impact on your divorce. First, what type of divorce are you seeking? If you are seeking a divorce based on irreconcilable differences, there is a minimum statutory waiting period. This is basically a cooling off period that starts to run when the complaint is filed with the court. If the…

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8 Mistakes People Make in Divorce

8 Mistakes People Make in Divorce

Using a lawyer as a therapist. An attorney is first and foremost in the business of law. His primary job is to know the law and to protect your legal interests. You should use your lawyer to champion your legal interests and use a real therapist for your emotional needs. An attorney makes hundreds of dollars an hour. Use a professional therapist if you need emotional support. Most reputable lawyers do not want to take your money for therapy and…

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Grounds for Divorce in Tennessee

Grounds for Divorce in Tennessee

In order to file for divorce in Tennessee, the person filing must allege grounds for the divorce. Tennessee has 15 specific grounds for divorce (Tenn. Code Ann. ยง 36-4-101). The basic grounds are: Impotency and incapable of reproduction at the time of the marriage. Bigamy Adultery Desertion for 1 year Conviction of an infamous crime Conviction of a felony and sentenced to confinement in a penitentiary Attempt on the life of the other party, by poison or any other means…

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