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Divorce and Family Law
Davidson County Divorce Lawyer
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Family matters are difficult legal situations filled with emotional turmoil. Here at Freeman & Bracey, PLC, we sometimes say that in divorce litigation, we represent very good people at the very worst moment of their lives. Let us help you navigate your case. When struggling to make the right decisions, the conflict and emotions you will naturally face, makes the task daunting to tackle alone. We are here to offer sound, compassionate legal advice. Our highly experienced courtroom attorneys litigate in Davidson County, Sumner County, and Robertson County equally.
Tennessee domestic law constantly changes as do courtroom procedures. Our Goodlettsville family lawyers stay on the cutting edge of legal reforms. New laws have been introduced in Tennessee which change the way courts rule on alimony, child support, grounds for divorce, relocation of children to a different state, the division of pension and other investment accounts, marital property, separate property, business valuations, appraisals, adoption prerequisites, the award of attorney fees, and child support arrearages just to name a few of the issues which habitually change through Tennessee law reforms.
Family Legal Services
- Modifications of Parenting Plans
- Spousal Support
- Division of Property
- Modification of Child Support
- Child Custody
- Order of Protection
- Restraining Order
- Establishing Child Support
- Prenuptial Agreements
- Parent Relocation and Move Away
- Termination of Parental Rights
- Prenuptial Agreements
- Grandparent Rights
- Domestic Violence
- Children Born out of Wedlock
Divorces With a Minor Child or Minor Children
When you and your spouse get a divorce and have a minor child or children, the court will enter what is known as a Permanent Parenting Plan. The Permanent Parenting Plan accounts for the physical and legal custody of the minor child or children. The court’s rule in making a decision is first and foremost the best interest of the minor child. There are many statutory factors for the court to consider when awarding each parent time. Legal custody further involves decision-making among the parties to include healthcare, religious upbringing, education, extra-curricular activities and other considerations. Physical custody, who has the child on a day-to-day schedule, is one factor which affects child support. A parent’s income, number of days with the child, health insurance premiums, and daycare all contribute to the child support calculation determined by the Tennessee Child Support Guidelines’ calculator. The court will also look to the history of the upbringing of the child including who has been the primary parent for the majority of the child’s life. Sadly, there are circumstances where the negative behaviors of one parent will prevent that parent from full involvement with a minor child such as a criminal history, drug usage, or violence. Parents often wonder if their minor child will get to choose where they live and how much time they spend with the other parent. Under Tennessee law, the courts will consider the reasonable preference of a child that is over twelve (12) years of age and may choose to hear the reasonable preference of a child if he or she is under twelve (12) years of age so long as the court is convinced of the child’s maturity level. It is important to remember that the child’s preference is not a controlling factor for the courts. It too is one of the many statutory factors that the court will consider. It is important to select a law firm like Freeman & Bracey, PLC which can provide you with a lawyer who not only thoroughly understands these factors but is well versed in litigating them in the courtroom.
Our Goodlettsville family lawyers handle the following cases, as either the Plaintiff (Petitioner) or the Defendant (Respondent). We are habitually in Davidson County, Sumner County, and Robertson County.
Remain Confident Through Your Case
While the unknown is challenging while in the middle of a family legal divorce or separation, having a member of our team of experienced divorce lawyers on your side will help relieve the pressure. We provide personalized service and will guide you through the divorce process so you know what to expect during every step. Call one of our Davidson County divorce lawyers today at (615) 859-1328 so that we may get started on your case.
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