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Judge grants actor Tyrese Gibson joint custody of daughter

Moviegoers in Tennessee who have seen actor Tyrese Gibson in some of the "The Fast and the Furious" films might have also noticed his very public child custody dispute. The most recent ruling from a family court judge appears to have resolved the situation by approving 50/50 joint custody of his daughter with his ex-wife.

Abusive relationships create co-parenting challenges

Divorce offers some relief to people in Tennessee when they want to escape violent relationships, but co-parenting often keeps the door open to an abusive former partner. University researchers collected information from domestic violence victims during the first year after divorce to evaluate whether abuse continued as the former partners continued to raise children.

Proposed law change could alter alimony payments

It is possible that Tennessee residents could be paying taxes on the alimony paid to their former spouses. Under the current version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the tax deduction given to those who make alimony payments would be eliminated. As those who pay alimony generally pay a higher tax rate, it could mean lower payments each month. In most cases, any request or order to pay alimony takes the impact of taxes into account.

Planning for custody issues at the onset of divorce

Tennessee parents understand that parenting goes on after a couple chooses to divorce. What might not be completely clear to the parents is how they will do this successfully when they are no longer living together. They can, however, plan for this from the beginning of their separation.

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