By Dunn Law Firm 02 Jan, 2018

As 2018 begins, it’s important to consider the successes--and failures--of your 2017 child custody arrangement.

If you want to make changes to your arrangement this year, it’s important to know how to pursue a new custody schedule. It’s also important to know which questions to ask and how to get the information you need.

Above all, it’s important to remember to consult your family law attorney for issues that require legal counsel or mediation.

Dunn Law Firm of Tennessee has some other tips for navigating child custody in 2018 below.

Make A List

If there are particular aspects of your 2017 child custody arrangement that you would like to change, take the time to write them down.

Include details of how and why the arrangement didn’t work for you or your children in 2017.

Familiarize yourself with each of your points. Be able to explain each point to the child’s other parent to aid in productive discussion. Take the time to create a plan that you feel would be more beneficial and comfortable for you and your children in 2018. Be open to input from the other parent.

Be Prepared to Take Action

If you’re starting 2018 with an intention of changing your child custody arrangement, it’s important to know the individual steps required to make it happen.

First, you’ll need to discuss your supposed custody arrangement changes with the child’s other parent.

If the other parent agrees to your changes, you can move forward with presenting the new arrangement terms to the courts.

Courts consider the best interests of the child when negotiating requests to change a custody arrangement.

If you can present evidence that the child’s other parent consistently ignores the current custody arrangement or hasn’t fulfilled his or her custody duties, the court may give special consideration to your request.

Don’t Wait to Seek Advice from Legal Counsel

Sometimes, proposing changes to a custody agreement causes heated disagreements to arise between parents.

If you’re facing opposition from your child’s other parent regarding your proposed 2018 custody arrangement, seek advice or mediation from a trusted family law attorney.

Dunn Law Firm is one of Tennessee’s leading family law offices, with years of expertise in navigating child custody issues.

Contact us today  to learn more about making changes  to your custody arrangement in 2018.

By Dunn Law Firm 07 Dec, 2017

If you’re contemplating a divorce in the state of Tennessee, you may have questions about alimony, who pays it and how much a party can be expected to pay.

It’s important to understand how the state will address alimony in the event of your divorce. The more education you have on the subject, the more prepared you can be when the subject arises.

What is Alimony?

According to , alimony--or spousal support--is “an allowance made to one spouse by another for support pending or after legal separation or divorce.”

Essentially, alimony is a legal requirement to support a former spouse so that they can continue living in reasonably similar conditions once a marriage ends.

For longer marriages (25 years or longer), alimony may be settled on different terms and under different circumstances than shorter marriages (10 years or shorter).

For individuals seeking divorce who are the main or sole breadwinners in their household, alimony is a serious and often life-changing aspect of getting divorced.

For divorced individuals who have been supported primarily or entirely by a spouse, alimony can provide stability during a tumultuous time of transition.

What Are the Different Types of Alimony?

There are 4 different kinds of alimony that may (or may not) be awarded to a spouse in the event of his or her divorce from the primary breadwinner of their household:

Permanent Alimony : Paid to a dependent spouse when there is a significant discrepancy in income and earning potential between the parties of a dissolved marriage and the dependent spouse has no prospects of earning similar income. This alimony is awarded for an indefinite amount of time.  

Term Alimony : Alimony that is awarded for a fixed amount of time following a divorce, when the financially dependent spouse is expected to begin earning his or her own income in the near future. The term during which this alimony is paid following a divorce cannot exceed a certain percentage of the months the couple was married. The longer the couple was married, the larger the percentage is and thus, the longer the term for the alimony is.

Rehabilitative Alimony : Similar to term alimony, however rehabilitative alimony is tied to a set plan for a dependant spouse to begin earning his or her own income. For instance, rehabilitative alimony can be tied to the dependent spouse earning a higher education degree, completing a technical class, receiving a vocational degree or getting a small business up and running.

Reimbursement Alimony : Paid as reimbursement for expenses an ex-spouse has taken out on behalf of his or her ex-husband or wife. For instance, if an ex-wife financially supported a husband or wife while he or she pursued a lucrative degree, reimbursement alimony may be paid to the breadwinning spouse to account for the lost investment.

Courts have complete discretion when determining which party was the breadwinner, what their standard of living was and how and when a dependent spouse may be able to earn income.

Why Does Alimony Exist?

In short, alimony exists to allow a financially disadvantaged spouse to experience a standard of living that is “reasonably comparable” to what he or she enjoyed during the duration of a marriage.

If an individual put his or her educational and career goals on hold to nurture a household, run a home or support their spouse’s career and education goals, he or she should not experience destitution or extreme hardship in the event of a divorce. Alimony exists to provide levity between the parties if a divorce does happen.

In Tennessee, alimony payments and terms are decided by a judge if the two parties cannot come to an agreement between themselves.

If you’re seeking additional information or counsel on alimony in the state of Tennessee, contact Dunn Law Firm today .
By Dunn Law Firm 16 Nov, 2017

If you have a passion for riding your motorcycle, you're well aware of the dangers that may come with it. After all, you do have a higher chance of injury if you're in an accident on this type of vehicle, as drivers of cars often don't see motorcyclists on the road. 

In fact,  two-thirds of accidents  that involve motorcycles are caused by another driver disrupting the motorcyclist's right of way. But rest assured that no matter who was at fault, you do have rights if you are ever in an accident while riding your motorcycle. Here's what to expect if you get into an accident in Tennessee.

Medical Bills

If you were injured in the accident, your first step is to get medical help. Once you take care of that, contact your insurance provider. Your policy should cover at least the first medical expenses you have, whether or not you were at fault. If the other driver was at fault, your insurance provider will likely go after his or her insurance provider for reimbursement. But regardless, your bills should be covered up to your policy limits at least.

If it turns out you need a lot of medical attention that neither insurance company has taken care of, you may feel compelled to bring a lawsuit against the responsible party. Depending on the details of your case, you can sue either the driver or the insurance provider that has not paid. Either way, you shouldn't have to pay the bills yourself.


If the other driver was at fault for the accident, their insurance company should pay for a rental vehicle for you while you get your motorcycle repaired or replaced. Additionally, the other driver's insurance should pay for the repairs or replacement of your vehicle. If you were at fault, your insurance provider will pay for that expense once you pay your deductible.

Other Damages

You're also entitled to compensation if the accident has caused you to miss out on income from work. Additionally, as an accident victim in Tennessee, you may be able to sue for  pain and suffering

If you're still unsure of your rights as a motorcyclist in Tennessee, contact a local lawyer who has experience with personal injury law. 

At  Dunn Law Firm , we work hard to help you understand your rights and work toward getting you the compensation you deserve after an accident. Call (615) 455-2476 today for a free consultation.

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