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Termination of a Parent’s Rights in Tennessee

In the United States, we have well-established laws that are designed to protect a biological parent’s right to raise their child with minimal government intrusion. However, it’s vital to note that our laws prioritize the best interest of the child above a parent’s right to bring up their child as they see fit and, therefore, allow a parent’s legal rights to be terminated under some circumstances.

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FAQ: How is Custody Determined When a Child’s Parents Die?

The death of a parent or both parents is always a tragic and devastating loss, and never more so than when the surviving family member is a child. Not only have they suffered a tremendous loss that they must sort through emotionally, but the routine of their day-to-day life will likely change dramatically.

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FAQ: Child Support When the Other Parent is Underemployed

Parents in Tennessee, regardless of their relationship status to one another, have a legal obligation to support their children financially.

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FAQ: What Is A Primary Residential Parent

Any parent who is going through a divorce or a breakup in Tennessee should acquaint themselves the term “primary residential parent.” This legal term tends to cause a great deal of confusion for parents who are entering into a permanent parenting plan.

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Appointment of a Guardian Ad Litem in Child Custody Cases

For more than two decades, Memphis family attorney Shannon Jones has worked to protect the rights of children and help parents understand and resolve complicated custody issues. One particularly challenging and contentious issue is the appointment of a guardian ad litem (or GAL).

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Temporary Child Custody Orders

As a parent, one of the most challenging ordeals you can be put through is a divorce and custody dispute. While a divorce is pending, parents often ask their attorneys “Can I get a temporary custody order? If so, how?”

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Child Support Enforcement and Collection in Memphis, TN

Do you have questions about child support enforcement and collection in Tennessee? If so, be sure to reach out to Memphis family attorney Shannon A. Jones to discuss your questions during a confidential consultation.

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Child Custody for Unmarried Parents in Memphis, TN

According to the Pew Research Center, one in four parents living with a child in the United States is unmarried. Unlike a married couple, unmarried parents don’t always have a straightforward legal relationship and face a unique set of challenges when determining custody in the event the couple decides to split up.

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Business Valuations & Divorce in Tennessee

In some divorces in Tennessee, one or both spouses own or have ownership interests in small businesses or closely-held companies. These ownership interests are often classified as a marital asset that must be divided between the spouses as part of equitable distribution.

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Division of Debt in Tennessee Divorce

In any divorce, the couple, often with the intervention of the courts, must divide between themselves the assets they own. However, Tennessee divorce law also requires that debts held by a married couple must also be divided in a divorce.

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