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Child support actions spurred by public assistance applications

Some single parents in Tennessee may need to seek out public assistance, especially if they are struggling to make ends meet on a monthly basis. After a separation or divorce, the lifestyle of the lower-earning partner can be dramatically impacted. This is especially true if the parents were not married yet one partner was financially dependent on the other. Public assistance programs exist in order to provide a necessary lifeline. However, one of the first inquiries made by a social services offices will be about the child support arrangements.

In a dangerous situation, protection of kids comes first

Abuse, in all of its tragic forms, can be difficult to discuss. After all, it is often a challenging subject to bring to attention, and many would rather not converse on issues and thus tear open the wounds. In a family setting, abuse can become all the harder to combat -- especially since some children are too young to vocalize an ongoing issue. Despite the ambiguity of some cases, Tennessee has a wide range of resources one can look to during times of need.

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.

What to include in your parenting plan

When you and your child’s other parent create a Tennessee parenting plan, one of your goals should be to include specifics about any element or area you believe might cause disagreement or trouble down the line. At the Law Office of Megan A. Bodie, we have helped many separated and divorced parents create parenting plans, and we have a firm understanding of what types of information are important to include.

Examining Tennessee's alimony laws

Among the primary concerns that many of those seeking a divorce in Knoxville may have is either whether they will be entitled to receive alimony, or whether they will be required to meet such an obligation. This no doubt comes from the assumption that the awarding of alimony is automatic in divorce cases. The fact that the Huffington Post reports that as recently as 2010, 380,000 women and 12,000 men in U.S, received such support seems to solidify this thought. Yet family courts must first consider several factors when deciding whether or not to award alimony. 

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.

Do you need an order of protection?

Unfortunately, not all Knoxville residents are able to have peaceful divorces. If you're in a situation where you feel you may need an order of protection to proceed with your divorce and post-divorce life safely, the Law Office of Meghan A. Bodie will work with you to achieve that aim.

Domestic violence and child custody

If your spouse or partner has been found guilty of domestic violence, his or her child custody privileges can be greatly affected. Tennessee lawmakers take the issue very seriously and work hard to ensure that your family will be protected from any harm. We at the Law Office of Meghan A. Bodie can also help you adjust the custody privileges of your child’s other parent if any evidence of domestic violence has been found.

How can I help protect my children from a domestic abuse situation?

One of the most upsetting aspects of living with an abusive spouse or partner is the harm that could come to your children. As much as you may want to shield your children from the very bad things your partner is doing, it is important that they are able to protect themselves when a situation escalates to violence. Therefore, you may want to instruct your children as to what to do when dangerous circumstances arise.

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