If you have questions or concerns, you may text me at (931) 217-7648. My name is James Phillips. In a divorce, it’s critical to communicate with your attorney. Many law firms have developed a model where they communicate with their clients through the use of paralegals. The lawyer does not consider him/herself responsible for the…
Here is an example of a Tennessee Permanent Parenting Plan which is used for both divorce and custody cases in Tennessee.
One powerful way to turn the tables in a Tennessee Divorce is to file a Motion for Support Pendente Lite. Essentially, this is a request for the judge in a divorce to award one side or the other financial support, temporarily, while the parties await the discovery process and for a final hearing. The outcome…
There is a myth among many military lawyers and military members that soldiers cannot get divorced while they are deployed. In Tennessee this is not true. We frequently get our clients divorced when one of the parties is deployed.
In a divorce, one of the tools for discovery is the use of depositions. When a lawyer deposes a witness, he or she is calling the witness to testify in the presence of a court reporter. The witness is sworn in and is required to answer truthfully under oath. The testimony given under oath can later be transcribed by the court reporter and turned into a written, word for word, document that can be used to later impeach the witness or for entry as evidence. If the case goes to trial and your testimony at trial differs from your deposition testimony, the deposition can be used by opposing counsel to cross-examine you. Any part of your deposition or your spouse’s deposition can be read by opposing counsel at the final hearing. Careful what you say. The court reporter is generally pretty pricey and can be a major expense depending on how long the deposition runs.
In order to do the MDA and parenting plan without the help of the lawyer, the parties need to have some understanding of what a parenting plan and MDA look like. As divorces become more expensive, online divorce services that create divorce packets for people will become much more prolific as time goes on.
So, for the clients who want to finger point, it is sometimes hard to hear the advice of their lawyer while prepping for trial. I generally prep my clients by telling them that we won’t spend a lot of time talking about fault.