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October 2017 Archives

Child custody when parents are unmarried

If a Tennessee couple is unmarried when they have a child, legally, both biological parents have a right to see the child unless there are extenuating circumstances that make it unsafe for the child. However, an unmarried father must first establish paternity. This may simply involve signing an acknowledgement of paternity when the child is born.

How the BRS system could impact military divorces

Military spouses in Tennessee who are planning to divorce need to be aware of how their divorces might be affected by the new Blended Retirement System, which will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018. This system has the potential to change their divorce settlements.

Child support and wage garnishment

Child support is the leading cause of wage garnishment in the U.S. When a Tennessee parent does not comply with a court order for child support, he or she may face wage garnishment. Garnishments can create a major strain on employees who lose expected income.

The tax implications of child support and alimony

When a Tennessee resident gets a divorce, he or she may make both child support and alimony payments. An individual who is making payments to a former spouse may benefit from having as much of a given payment as possible classified as alimony. This is because it may qualify for a tax deduction. The recipient of an alimony payment would need to record it as income on a tax return.

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