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The main benefits of a divorce mediation

Tennessee residents seeking a productive and amicable way to divorce may find mediation to be the best solution. As the Huffington Post explains, mediation is a process separate from the judicial system, where a single, impartial third party attempts to resolve the matter between two or more contesting parties. Unlike a judge, a mediator cannot impose a solution. It’s up to the parties to mutually agree on how to end their dispute. However, a mediator may help guide the parties toward a productive solution.

Barriers to child custody during divorce

In the past, Tennessee courts operated under the widely held presumption that sole or majority custody by one parent suited a child's best interests after a divorce of the child's parents. Shifting national and state attitudes towards custody currently challenge this legal preference, but there are still criteria which, when satisfied by one of the parents, preclude that parent's sole, partial or joint custody of the child in question.

What is domestic assault?

If you are a Tennessee resident who has been the victim of domestic violence, or if you are someone who has been charged with a domestic violence crime, you should be aware of the law in Tennessee regarding domestic violence. As FindLaw explains, in Tennessee, the crime of physical domestic violence is called domestic assault.

Adopting in Tennessee: An overview

If you live in Tennessee and are considering adopting a child currently under the guardianship of the state, you may understandably have questions about the process involved in doing so. At the Law Office of Meghan A. Bodie, we have a comprehensive understanding of how adoption works in the state, and we have helped many prospective parents navigate the sometimes-complicated process of adopting a child.

What are the adoption criteria in Tennessee?

If you are a Tennessee resident thinking about adopting a child, you will be glad to know that the criteria are fairly simple. For instance, you can be single, married or divorced and you do not need to own your own home. You can be working full time and you may or may not already have children. The only real criteria are that you be at least 21 years of age, a resident of the State of Tennessee and able to meet the financial and emotional needs of your existing and potential family.

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