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August 2017 Archives

What is an uncontested divorce?

If you are going through a divorce in Tennessee, you have likely found that there are several terms you are unfamiliar with. Many seeking to separate from their spouses wonder what an uncontested divorce is and how it may change certain aspects of their agreement. Findlaw has detailed the specifics of this designation and the benefits it may hold for you.

Foster parents need resources

Foster child adoption and private or agency adoption are similar under Tennessee law, but the circumstances and events surrounding the adoption of children in foster care often present unique challenges. According to a recent Huffington Post article, many states, including Tennessee, show an increase in the number of children who need foster care. The rise in need may correlate with the opioid epidemic. The report showed that nationally a large number of foster parents often decide they no longer want to participate in foster programs. Some complain of inadequate training and instruction in connection with foster care. Others simply describe circumstances that are too difficult for them to manage.

Appellate court ruling keeps girl with adoptive family

Those in Knoxville that are familiar with Kenutcky's foster care system and the adoption process as a whole likely know that it is anything but simple. Ultimately, however, those participating in it hold out the hope that the circumstances will align to allow kids that need homes to be adopted by loving families looking to take them in. Yet even in some rare cases, an adoption may not signal the end of this process. A number of different issues may arise that can cause family courts to reopen cases and potentially remove children from the homes they have come to accept as their own.

What should you know about child custody?

Divorcing parents in Knoxville not only have to worry about settling financial situations, but they also have to deal with child support, custody, and more. At the Law Office of Meghan A. Bodie, your questions about child custody disputes will be answered fully as we help you walk down this difficult path.

Is joint legal custody beneficial?

As divorcing Knoxville parents know, there are many things to take into consideration when going through the split. For example, deciding who will have primary custody of the children is usually at the top of the list. But did you know that joint custody may also be beneficial?

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