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Facts: Husband and Wife divorced after seven years of marriage. Throughout the marriage, they resided in the home owned by Wife’s family. The year after they married, Husband’s name was added to the property’s deed to enable the parties to take out a home equity line of credit (HELOC) that was used to substantially improve the property. Wife’s father testified that although he added Husband’s name to the deed, he never intended for Husband to retain…
This article by Nicole Spector at NBC News is interesting. “Birdnesting” Gives Kids One Stable Home after a Divorce. Does It Work? Experts weigh in on the pros and cons of “birdnesting” or “nesting” after a divorce, the latest in conscious uncoupling. No matter how you spin it, getting divorced is tough — especially if you have kids. Even if the decision to part ways is clearly the best (or only) one, the resulting separation…
Facts: Husband and Wife, the parents of four adult children, divorced after 35 years of marriage. Husband is a surgeon. Wife is a former nurse who was a stay-at-home parent after the birth of the parties’ second child. She maintained her nursing license, however. Husband’s vocational expert testified that after some nursing refresher courses, Wife could earn $4177 per month. Wife’s vocational expert testified that Wife’s earning capacity as a nurse was $2326 per month. The…
While this is not a family-law opinion, family-law attorneys sometimes see parties assert their Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination. This case addresses a question of first impression in Tennessee that should interest Tennessee family-law attorneys. Facts: Daughter attended a three-day wakeboarding competition on Center Hill Lake with three friends. The group camped on a bluff overlooking the lake. Daughter was not at her campsite when her friends awoke one morning. Later that day, two fishermen found…
Facts: Mother and Father are the never-married parents of Child. Both are Tennessee lawyers. During the ensuing paternity, custody, and child support case, the trial court restricted Father’s visitation to two hours of supervised visitation upon the recommendation of Child’s psychologist. The case was tried over 22 days and produced a 78-volume transcript (!!!). Mother’s proof took a day-and-a-half while Father’s proof and motions took the remaining twenty-and-a-half days. Both Mother and Father’s ex-wife testified to…
Facts: Husband and Wife divorced after 19 years of marriage. Husband was an officer in a family-owned business. Wife, 53, was a stay-at-home parent and homemaker. After three years of litigation and nine days of trial (!!!), the trial court divided the $4.5 million marital estate $1.6 million to Wife and $2.9 million to Husband. Because of Husband’s attempt to conceal assets and his repeated refusal to answer Wife’s discovery requests, the trial court awarded Wife…
This article by noted marriage therapist Esther Perel in The Atlantic is interesting. Why Happy People Cheat A good marriage is no guarantee against infidelity. Most descriptions of troubled marriages don’t seem to fit my situation,” Priya insists. “Colin and I have a wonderful relationship. Great kids, no financial stresses, careers we love, great friends. He is a phenom at work, fucking handsome, attentive lover, fit, and generous to everyone, including my parents. My life is good.”…