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      Family Law Attorneys in Sumner County

      Helping Individuals and Families Resolve Challenging Legal Matters

      Some of the most overwhelming and challenging legal matters revolve around family disputes. Divorce, alimony, child custody, or child support issues can quickly lead to contention for all parties involved. When family law problems arise that you cannot solve independently, it is always best to hire an experienced family law attorney who can act as your legal advocate and relieve some of the stress you are feeling.

      Garner Law Firm, PLLC of Sumner County, Tennessee, is dedicated to helping individuals and families resolve their legal issues and resume their lives. We recognize the emotional toll that family law issues can have on individuals and their families and will work diligently to find a solution that provides for your legal needs.

      If you want more information about our services or need assistance with a family law matter, contact our Hendersonville law offices to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your case.

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      Why Choose Us?
      Experience and Reliability

      The legal team of Garner Law Firm, PLLC, has extensive experience handling various types of family law cases. We put our vast experience to work for each client and their legal needs. We take pride in producing reliable results for clients that adequately provide for their present and future needs.


      Our family law attorneys are client-centered in their approach to legal issues. We take the time to sit down with clients to determine their legal needs and the outcome they wish to achieve. We can craft a tailored legal strategy to produce favorable results by determining a client’s needs.

      Honest Evaluations

      Unlike law firms that often tell clients what they want to hear, our attorneys evaluate their cases honestly. In family law cases such as divorce or paternity, emotions typically run high, and clients typically want quick results in their favor. However, our attorneys provide clients with honest evaluations so they know what to expect as the case progresses.


      Our legal team understands that the outcome of the case may have a significant bearing on how all the parties live their lives from that point out, especially if the case involves spousal support or child custody. For this reason, our legal team works diligently in our family law cases to achieve a favorable outcome for client’s legal issues.


      Our legal staff understands that family law legal issues can take an emotional toll on all parties involved. As a result, we strive to ensure that our clients are kept regularly informed of any changes or progress in the case. We are also available to answer any questions or address any concerns that you may have regarding your case.


      Family law issues concerning communications and legal paperwork are often time-sensitive. Our family law attorneys and support staff have comprehensive experience handling the considerable amount of paperwork that must be filled out. We will happily assist you in filling out and collecting legal documents to ensure they are turned in quickly and on time.

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      Frequently Asked Questions
      Is domestic violence grounds for divorce in Tennessee?

      Tennessee has several legal grounds that a spouse can claim when filing for a divorce. One of the grounds is “cruel or inhumane treatment.” Cruel or inhumane treatment includes domestic violence. However, anyone who wishes to use legal grounds to file for a divorce should be aware this will result in a contested divorce. Unlike an uncontested or no-fault divorce that typically only takes approximately 60 to 90 days to complete, a contested divorce may take months or even longer to finalize. For this reason, you must consult with a family lawyer who can determine your best legal options.

      What is the most common child custody arrangement in Tennessee?

      Joint custody is the most common custody arrangement in Tennessee. Family courts feel that, in most cases, a child benefits from having routine contact and interaction with both parents. When parents share joint custody, both have the legal authority to make important life decisions for the child. These major life decisions may include religious upbringing and educational and medical decisions. Parents are encouraged to work together to make these decisions for the benefit and well-being of the child. However, in some instances where the parents cannot agree, the court may give the custodial parent the authority to make the final decision.

      What will happen to my minor children if I die and do not leave a will?

      If an individual dies in Tennessee and does not leave a will, their children will receive an “intestate share” of the decedent’s property. The share of the decedent’s estate that each child receives depends on how many children the decedent had and whether or not they had a spouse. If the decedent were married, their spouse and children would share their portion of the estate equally. However, Tennessee law stipulates that the spouse’s share cannot be less than one-third of the estate. If the decedent were unmarried, their children would split the estate equally.

      Who is entitled to receive spousal support under Tennessee law?

      Tennessee law does not stipulate that a couple must be married for a specific amount of time for one spouse to receive spousal support. Instead, a judge will examine various factors to determine if spousal support should be awarded and, if so, for how long. Some of the factors the court will consider include each spouse’s financial situation, their earning capacity, and who is the custodial parent. The court will also consider the other spouse’s financial obligations and ability to pay alimony. In a majority of cases, a judge may order spousal support until the supported spouse has time to complete their education or training so they may re-enter the workforce.

      What is mediation in a divorce case?

      When spouses cannot agree on the terms of their divorce, they may use mediation to try and reach an agreement rather than go through divorce litigation. During mediation, both parties sit down with a licensed mediator who helps the couple resolve their differences to reach a favorable settlement. The mediator does not take sides but instead helps to facilitate negotiations between the two parties. Although the spouses are not required to have a lawyer present during mediation proceedings, it is always in their best interest to do so to ensure their legal rights are protected. However, if the parties cannot reach an agreement, the case will have to go to court and be decided by a judge.