Family & Divorce

Ex-Wife’s Attorney Should Have Made Sure QDRO Correct Tennessee case summary after divorce regarding QDRO and retirement division. Darlene Christmas Murray (Godsey) v. Louis Wade Godsey The husband and wife in this Roane County, Tennessee case were married in 1976, and shortly thereafter the husband joined the navy.  He later worked for the Federal Aviation Administration and participated in the Civil Service Retirement System and the Thrift Savings Plan.  They were divorced in 1994, and…
In custody (“allocation of parental responsibilities”) disputes, a crucial aspect that family courts consider is the child’s best interests including the health and safety of the child. Illinois courts also take into account the parents or guardians’ use of drugs or alcohol when determining whether to restrict parental responsibilities. In January 2020, Illinois became the 11th state to legalize the use of recreational marijuana with the enactment of the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act. The…
The legislative policy is to give a child the surname of the mother unless a change would promote the child’s interests. Tennessee child name change case summary. Michael Ashley Lockhart v. Casey Dawn Higgins The child in this Warren County, Tennessee, case was born to unwed parents in 2018, and the father filed a petition to establish paternity about two weeks later.  The petition included a request to change the child’s surname to his. The…
Back to Learning Center Blog Specialty tag(s): Collaborative Divorce How Adultery Affects Divorce in Texas Curtis W. Harrison | September 10, 2021 Divorce is one of the most challenging and emotional experiences someone can go through, no matter the circumstances or how amicable the decision is. For spouses impacted by adultery, however, the pain runs even deeper. They each begin to wonder, “Will the infidelity have any effect on the outcome of my divorce?” The answer…