Knoxville Family Law Blog

Adoption: Growing your family

There are plenty of myths about adoptions that should be debunked. Children who are waiting for adoptive parents already struggle to find homes, but the bias these myths create makes it harder to find families.

Myths start because of a few situations that are not normally common. For example, a particularly disturbed child who causes serious harm to an adoptive parent could start rumors of the dangers of adoption. The reality is that while some children do have challenges to overcome, the majority do very well in their new families.

How to avoid visitation conflicts on special occasions

It's a well-known fact that many families experience high levels of stress when special events or holidays take place. If you're one of many Tennessee parents who are currently preparing for divorce, you'll want to do whatever you can ahead of time to avoid potential conflict and stress down the line when it comes to your special occasion custody and visitation plan. Navigating the divorce process is seldom easy, and there's no way to predict the future.

In fact, it's impossible to know what to expect as you and your former spouse begin to carry out your newly forged parenting plan. However, by tapping into available support resources ahead of time, you can understand what options may be able to help you avoid major problems in the future.

Who gets custody of a pet after a divorce?

As you move through the divorce process, you're sure to pay attention to details like child custody, child support, property division and alimony.

However, there may be a big question on your mind: Who gets custody of your pet (or pets) after the divorce is finalized?

How do you prepare to tell your child about divorce?

If you and your spouse realize that divorce is the only way to fix your relationship, you'll soon find yourself thinking about everything from property division to your future life.

However, before you do anything, you need to consider your child's well-being (if you have one with your soon-to-be ex-spouse).

How is child support determined in Tennessee?

If you live in the state of Tennessee and are going through a divorce, you may need to learn more about child support laws. This holds true no matter if you think you'll receive or be required to make monthly payments.

Many people are unaware of the fact that child support laws in Tennessee were modified in 2006. So, if you have been paying support for more than 12 years, you may want to review your situation to ensure that you're not overpaying.

Key factors of successful co-parenting after divorce

If you're a parent who recently obtained or is planning to file for a divorce in Tennessee, one of your main priorities is likely helping your children cope with the situation. Divorce impacts children's lives; there is no doubt. However, if you and your former spouse are willing to compromise and cooperate as needed, you can both help your children navigate the process in as healthy and least stressful manner as possible.

Many spouses nowadays are able to maintain amicable co-parenting situations. There are several practical tips that may help you do the same. That said, there is also no shame attached to any problem you may encounter, even if it's a legal issue that necessitates court intervention. Life is sometimes challenging, and divorce can make it more so. The bottom line is that, if your kids know you love them and are there to support them, they will likely fare well following your divorce.

How will credit card debt impact your divorce?

Once you decide to divorce your spouse, you'll soon realize the importance of focusing some of your time on property division. While doing so, it's also a good idea to learn more about any debt that you've accumulated during your marriage.

There are many ways to handle joint credit card debt in a divorce, so you need to learn more about every option to ensure that you're making the best decision for you and your finances (both now and in the future).

Open and closed adoptions: Know the differences

Many years ago, almost every adoption was of the closed variety. This means there is no future contact between the child and the birthparents after the adoption process comes to an end. However, open adoptions are becoming more and more common today.

If you're interested in adopting a child, you need to learn more about both types. This will go a long way in ensuring that you make the right decision for you and your current family.

The impact of a divorce on retirement

As you close in on retirement age, it's only natural to think about everything the future will bring to your personal and financial situation.

One thing you may not be planning for is divorce. If you face this life change alongside retirement, it goes without saying that you'll have to adjust your approach. Here are a few tips to consider:

  • Shift your financial focus. Now that you're going through divorce, you need to understand the impact it will have on you during retirement. In addition to the money you bring in, it could also change your monthly expenses and medical coverage (and that's just the start).
  • Property division. Did you know that most retirement assets are considered community property in a divorce? This means they will be split, thus changing your retirement plans forever.
  • Career extension. Now that your retirement assets have changed, you may come to realize that you need to extend your career for a few more years. This can be disappointing, but it may be the best way to eventually realize your initial retirement goals.

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