While you and your spouse are trying to negotiate custody of your child during your Tennessee divorce, you may feel that you have learned why people call it a custody “battle.” At The Barnett Firm, we often help parents take steps to smooth the process and come to an agreement that works in the best … Continue reading Ways to avoid fights over custody
After finalizing your Tennessee divorce, you may find yourself wanting to relocate within the state or to move away. This may allow you to pursue job opportunities, be closer to family or friends, or just get a fresh start. If you are a parent, however, you may require permission in order to take your children … Continue reading Can you move with your kids after a Tennessee divorce?
Narcissists have what’s called a “high-conflict personality.” They don’t think or operate the same way as other people. They often thrive on conflict, going out of their way to engage in it. They are the classic example of people who make everything all about them. They have difficulty moving on from setbacks. If you’re divorcing … Continue reading 5 tips for dealing with your narcissist spouse during divorce
The Tennessee courts, like most other courts throughout the nation, strive to establish custody arrangements that are in the best interests of the child. In most situations, it is in a child’s best interests to spend equal time with both parents. Unfortunately, however, there are certain situations in which being with a parent is not … Continue reading What are grounds for termination of parental rights in TN?
Anyone currently going through a divorce or thinking about filing for divorce in Tennessee likely thinks about how much the process costs. While ending a marriage is often expensive, it does not have to cost more than necessary. U.S. News and World Report offers tips on deflating the cost of divorce. There is no need … Continue reading How to lower the cost of divorce
Before you can adopt a child in Tennessee, the court must terminate the rights of the birth parents. Birth parents have legal rights to their child, which includes the right to raise that child, be in his or her life and make decisions regarding the child. In some cases, the court may have already terminated … Continue reading How are parental rights terminated?
While there are obvious signs, such as abuse or extreme unhappiness, that indicate a divorce is looming in Tennessee, there are other ones that may not be as clear. The following warning signals may indicate that if a couple does not make changes for the better, a breakup may be on the horizon. According to … Continue reading Warning signs of impending divorce
No. In Tennessee and other states, fathers and mothers have the same legal rights when it comes to the care, custody and control of their children. That said, a lot of men feel like they are second-class citizens in the family courts. They often feel that judges simply assume that the mother should get more … Continue reading Do fathers have fewer rights than mothers in Tennessee?
Parenthood is a lifelong responsibility, as you may be aware. However, for some parents in Tennessee and elsewhere, parental responsibility can be taken away by the family court. You may be interested in finding out how the termination of parental rights works. According to FindLaw, a parent whose rights have been terminated loses all legal … Continue reading What are the reasons a parents’ rights could be terminated?
When a concerned adult in Tennessee considers terminating a parent’s rights, there are a lot of factors that come into play. According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, every state has the right to develop their own rules for determining what constitutes an unfit parent and these laws may change over time. Even so, there … Continue reading Loss of parental rights tends to be permanent