May 24, 2012

Alimony clarified....or not?

Lawyers, judges, and divorce clients paid close attention to the Tennessee Supreme Court ruling in the Gonsewski v. Gonsewski, 350 S.W.3d 99 (2011) decision regarding long-term alimony. Gonsewski is a case where both spouses have college degrees and well-paying jobs. Mrs. Gonsewski made an upward of $72,000.00 per year, while Mr. Gonsewski was making $137,418 per year.  They had been married for 21 years and both were 43 years old when the divorce was filed. In the divorce complaint, th...

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May 7, 2012

So, can mediation really help my family?

           One of the trends that appears to be with us to stay is mediation.  Mediation is becoming more and more favored by the Court systems as an alternative to a trial.  Statistically speaking, 85% of cases whose outcomes are determined by the Judge, and not the parties, are back in court seeking to modify that order. 

            Mediation is a voluntary process that is governed by a third-party neutral who assists the parties in creating a solution that the parties can live with. ...

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May 2, 2012

What are the consequences of living outloud on Facebook?

Social media and being outspoken is touted as such a freedom that we have all come to enjoy.   It has also become one of the hottest issues in divorce law cases.  

1) It’s not private information: Almost everyone has either heard about or had a Facebook account. But is it safe to maintain when you are going through a divorce?  Lawyers across the country jump at the opportunity to produce Facebook material when litigating a divorce because it is so easily accessible.

2) Relationship Status...

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