Knoxville Family Law Blog

The good and the bad of an uncontested divorce

Not all couples want to fight out their divorces in front of a judge. If you can negotiate a settlement with your spouse to which you both agree, the state of Tennessee may allow you to file an uncontested divorce.

Some may be wondering if going this route is really wise. It certainly does have its benefits. But it can also have its drawbacks if one is not careful. So, what are some of the good and bad things that can come with filing an uncontested divorce?

Child support and uninsured medical expenses

To go along with standard child support obligations, parents are also required to pay for any uninsured medical expenses. This is anything not covered by insurance, including but not limited to deductibles, co-pays and prescriptions.

Depending on your state, the child support order may outline the percentage of uninsured medical expenses that you are responsible for paying.

How does the court calculate the amount of alimony to be paid?

As you make your way through a divorce, there could come a point when you begin to wonder if you're able to receive alimony from your ex-spouse. Conversely, you may believe that you will be required to make this type of payment in the future.

It's important to understand how the court calculates the amount of alimony to be paid from one person to the other.

What do you know about dividing a 401(k) in divorce?

Going through a divorce will change your life in many ways. As the process gets up and running, it won't be long before you're focusing a good amount of time on property division.

While many couples focus primarily on assets such as the family home and vehicles, there is never a good time to overlook the importance of a 401(k) plan.

LIfe happens, and custody orders aren't necessarily set in stone

Changes in life are sometimes inevitable and can come in various forms, minor and major alike. Some individuals may have less demanding circumstances and thus find it easier to adjust to change, while for others, the process could be significantly more involved. Perhaps you have children with a former spouse and worry that your custody agreement might hinder your ability to accommodate change.

When attempting to reach an initial parenting schedule, it can be difficult, if not impossible, to account for what the future may hold. There are certain circumstances that may occur down the road where a change to your previous custody agreement might be necessary or even required.

Tennessee judge grants woman husband's rights in same-sex divorce

A 4th Circuit Court judge in Tennessee has made several legislators unhappy and several others very happy. The judge issued the first ruling of its kind in Tennessee. A same-sex couple was seeking a divorce. One-half of the couple was granted the legal rights of a husband.

Not everyone was happy, though, and that included members of the state Legislature. After the Legislature learned what the judge was going to do, they tried to push a bill through that would have stopped the judge from granting the woman the legal rights of a husband.

Tennessee House of Representatives passes important legislation

Recently, the Tennessee House of Representatives passed legislation to aid in the collection of past due child support payments from parents who are in prison.

Sponsored by State Representative Dawn White (R-Murfreesboro), this legislation will go a long way in helping one parent collect payment from another who has been incarcerated.

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