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Does it matter why you want a divorce?

If you are thinking about asking your spouse for a divorce, you probably have spent a considerable amount of time weighting the pros and cons of that choice. If you decide this is your best way forward, you probably have a reason for your decision.

Personal reasons for divorce can matter to you and to your spouse. However, not all personal reasons are legally valid. This means that you may need to select a legally valid reason, called a ground, before a court will consider granting you a divorce.

What happens if your underage child receives a DUI?

You know the dangers of drinking and driving and likely take great care in avoiding getting behind the wheel when you've had too much to drink. Now that your kids are entering their teenage years and heading towards adulthood, you trust that you've done all you can to educate them on the dangers of alcohol.

Those fears may increase as your child receives their driver's license or learner's permit. Driving can be dangerous enough for inexperienced drivers without the presence of substances like alcohol.

Is adopting a child right for you and your family?

For many parents, adopting a child here in Tennessee is a beautiful way to create or add to their family. Adoption may be the only choice for those unable to have biological children, but there are many reasons why more than 125,000 kids are adopted each year, according to the Child Welfare Information Agency.

There are many highs and lows for adoptive parents and some may wait for years before finding a match for a child or birth parents. It can be a complicated process, where they must be willing to undergo intense scrutiny and fill out piles of paperwork.

4 things baby boomers need to know about changing a will

As more and more baby boomers hit retirement age, many already have a will in place, but how often do you need to change it as you age? Many financial experts and estate planning attorneys advise you revisit it every five years as you get older--to make sure it's updated.

How will child custody be determined for my family?

Child custody is one of the most important concerns that divorcing parents often have. When you found out that you and your spouse are going to be divorced, your mind may have jumped to your children. You may worry that you may not get custody of your children, and you may wonder how decisions about child custody are even made.

Fortunately, as a parent, you will be able to influence the custody arrangement that is selected. If you and your spouse can work together, you two can create the arrangement that works best for your situation. However, even when it is not possible to work together with your spouse, the court will consider your proposed plan before determining custody.

Consequences of DUI arrest in Tennessee

With the holiday season upon us, you may be a little more likely to partake in parties and get-togethers than you usually do the rest of the year. Whether it is an office party, a reunion back home with old friends or just visiting with family, this time of year can bring plenty of festivities where alcohol is involved. It is also one of the busiest times of the year for DUI arrests.

Many times, these sorts of unique nights out can catch you off guard and make you believe that you are still okay to drive. In the state of Tennessee, if you are caught operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) at .08 or higher, you will be arrested for DUI.

Four back-to-school tips for divorcing parents

School is back in session. This time of year brings about many changes that both parents and children need to adjust to. New schedules, homework and extracurricular activities will keep everyone busy. On top of it all, families going through a divorce are dealing with other personal difficulties. Separating spouses need an effective co-parenting plan from the start. 

Wills are not just for the wealthy

Many people hold the common misconception that you only need a will if you are wealthy. This myth is quite off the mark. Wills do many things that people of all income groups may find very helpful. Today, we'll go over some of the reasons why establishing a will is important, regardless of one's wealth. 

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