Family Law

Family law which includes divorce, custody, guardianship and conservatorship can be very emotional and complicated for a family to endure and often include unforeseen intertwined issues that must be addressed.

We understand the strain on the family, the wide range of emotions and the difficulty of these situations.  Our goal is to help you through these trials and tribulations to get your life back to normal as quickly as possible.

Divorce is never easy unraveling the two lives that were previously joined in matrimony.  In Tennessee a divorce can either be contested or uncontested.  An uncontested divorce can be much easier with a shorter time period than a contested divorce.  Whichever the case, each party must be guided through the different phases, including the initial pleading, discovery, negotiation, mediation and litigation.  We also assist our clients with "after divorce" issues including modifications, ruling enforcement, custody issues, visitation, support and alimony

Perhaps there is no type of legal action in which emotions run higher than in a case involving child custody disputes.  Even if you and your spouse are still on fair terms, working out a plan for the care and custody of your minor children can be a challenging process.  Cases in which the parties cannot work together to effectively co-parent or where there are serious concerns about the parenting ability of one or both parties, disputes can become very complicated.

Whether you are seeking full custody of your child or are resisting the other parent's attempts to shut you out of your child's life, when that relationship is at stake, you need an attorney who will work in your best interest.  If there is no agreement between a child's parents, a Tennessee family court may award custody of a child to one parent (sole custody) or to both parents (joint custody).  In arriving at its custody determination, the court is required to consider the best interest of the child.  

Conservatorship is a legal concept in the United States whereby  a guardian or a protector is appointed by a judge to manage the financial affairs and/or daily life of another due to physical or mental limitations such as dementia, developmental disability, stroke, brain injury, chronic mental illness or old age.  Unfortunately, there are times in our lives when we must face these situations.  It is extremely helpful to have an attorney that will empathize with you, understand the difficult situation you are facing and guide you through the process.

Guardianship is a legal term for a person who has the legal authority to care for the personal and property interests of another person, called a ward.  Guardians are typically used in these situations: an incapacitated senior, a minor or  developmentally disabled adults.

In both a conservatorship and guardianship, a court will appoint a substitute decision-maker for an individual who does not have the capacity to manage his or her own affairs.  While guardianships are designed to assist with personal and health related needs, conservatorships are designed to assist with financial needs.

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