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On January 8, 2019, the Tennessee Supreme Court amended Rule 34, which governs requests for production of documents. Effective July 1, 2019, Rule 34.02 will require responses to such requests to state, with respect to each item or category, that inspection and related activities will be permitted as requested, unless the request is objected to, including an objection to the requested form or forms for producing electronically stored information, stating with specificity the grounds…
This article by Belinda Luscombe in Time magazine is interesting. The Divorce Rate Is Dropping. That May Not Actually Be Good News Have you heard that statistic that half of all marriages will end in divorce? It’s wrong. Even if that many marriages ever did disintegrate at one point, they don’t now. Divorce is on the decline and has been since the 1980s in America (when that 50% divorce statistic took hold). Experts now…
Facts: When Mother and Father divorced in 2005, they had four minor children, and Father’s child-support obligation was set at $3003 per month. I’m proud of this one. Comment if you get the reference. Ten years later, Father petitioned to modify his child support because the three older children were now adults, thereby reducing his child support to $2031 per month. Mother argued the support amount should not be modified because a reduction in child support…
Facts: Mother and Father are the divorced parents of three children. Seven years after their divorce, Mother petitioned to modify the parenting plan and child support. Regarding Father’s income for child support, the evidence consisted of pay stubs that showed Father’s annual gross income to be $85,000 for 2017, and Father’s child support was changed to reflect this amount. Father filed a post-trial motion asking the trial court to average his annual income over a…
Facts: Husband worked for his father’s railroad construction business since he was a teenager and, aside from a few short periods, he worked for his father throughout this 29 -year marriage. In the summer of 2005, Husband left the business after disagreeing with his father. Early the next year, Husband’s father asked him to return to the business. According to Wife, Husband said he would demand an ownership interest in either the business or the business’s…
Facts: When Mother and Father, the parents of two children, divorced, Father was awarded 120 days of parenting time. The parenting plan also required joint decision-making and sharing the cost of uncovered medical, dental, and private-school expenses. Father’s parenting time was later increased to 130 days, and the trial court gave Mother sole decision-making authority for educational decisions and extracurricular activities. Father appealed that decision, and you can read about it here. While that litigation…
This article by Lisa Bonos in The Washington Post is interesting. How to Get Divorced without Hating Your Ex or Tearing Your Family Apart Wendy Paris and her ex-husband, David, have been divorced for seven years. In that time, they’ve both moved from New York to Los Angeles, and have never lived more than three blocks from each other. They still host parties together. For years they walked their son, Alexander, now 11, to elementary…