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If you are thinking about getting married or welcoming children into your family, it is wise to consider protecting yourself and your loved ones. Sometimes, that means creating legal protections for yourself and your family.

Family Law is a set of rules and laws that regulate relationships between family members at many stages. An experienced Nashville, Tennessee family law attorney can help you navigate the legal issues you may face as you prepare to be married or if your marriage is unfortunately ending.

Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements

Before getting married, it may be a good idea to consult with a family law attorney about whether you want or need a prenuptial agreement, sometimes also called an antenuptial agreement in Tennessee.

A prenuptial agreement is a legally enforceable contract between spouses, and the contract is usually created before both partners are married. If one or both spouses have valuable assets or debts, substantially unequal wealth, have been married before, or have children from previous relationships, a prenuptial agreement can help to define expectations and promises if the relationship ends or one spouse dies. If you are already married, you can still make an agreement about how a separation or divorce might affect a division of assets in a postnuptial agreement.


While no one enters a marriage expecting it to end, life happens. We understand that you want an empathetic attorney who will advocate tirelessly for you.

If you are seeking a divorce in the state of Tennessee, you or your spouse must be a resident in the state. There are some exceptions, and we are happy to schedule a consultation to discuss if Tennessee is the right state to start your divorce filing.

In Tennessee, the grounds for divorce are defined in the Tennessee Code:

  • Inability to have children

  • Being married to another person

  • Adultery

  • Willful or malicious desertion or absence of either party for one year

  • A conviction for a crime in Tennessee that makes a person infamous

  • A conviction for a felony where the sentence is imprisonment

  • An attempt to kill the other

  • Refusal to move to Tennessee and living outside the state for two years

  • Pregnancy by another person at the time of the marriage

  • Habitual drunkenness or drug abuse starting after the marriage

  • Cruel inhuman treatment or conduct towards the other spouse

  • Intolerable treatment by the other spouse

  • Abandonment and financial neglect

  • Irreconcilable differences

  • Separation for two continuous years with no minor children involved

If you are considering a divorce, contact us today to discuss the grounds for a potential divorce.


Oftentimes mediation can play a useful role in a divorce. Mediation in Tennessee is a voluntary process where parties privately and confidentially work with a neutral mediator to try to reach a settlement of the issues, to which both parties agree. It often yields a faster and less expensive result than taking a case to trial, and the process may even promote a more positive relationship in the long run.

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Biological and adoptive parents of a child have rights and obligations to their children until the child reaches the age of adulthood. If parents of a child were married, the settlement of custody and child support can be negotiated in a divorce decree settlement and a parenting plan. If the parents of a child are unmarried, custody and child support are still decided in court.

Child Support & Child Custody

The Child Support Program in Tennessee, administered by the Department of Human Services, is designed to promote parental responsibility and meet the financial needs of children as they grow up.

To request judicial intervention to establish an agreement for parenting time and/or physical custody of a child, you will need to initiate a legal proceeding in Circuit Court by petition. Call us today to file your petitions for child custody and parenting time in Nashville, Tennessee.

Family Law Attorney in
Nashville, Tennessee

Having an experienced and knowledgeable attorney and advocate to guide you through your family law issue is essential to protect your rights and your children. If you are located in Old Hickory, Nashville, Hermitage, or Lebanon, Tennessee, schedule a free consultation for help with divorce, child custody, or other family law matters.