The Basics of Child Support in Tennessee

The Basics of Child Support in Tennessee

In Tennessee, every parent has a legal duty to support their children. Under Tenn. Code Ann. 34-1-102, both parents are equally and jointly responsible for their minor child’s “care, nurture, welfare, education and support.” The statute goes on to state that this duty to support a biological or legally adopted child continues until that child “graduates from high school or …

Adult Adoption in Tennessee

Adult Adoption in Tennessee

Tennessee law defines “Adoption” as “the social and legal process of establishing by court order, other than by paternity or legitimation proceedings or by voluntary acknowledgment of paternity, the legal relationship of parent and child.”1 All adoptions share a common goal: to legally recognize a parent-child relationship. But the path to this goal is unique to each situation’s personal and …

Conservatorship

Conservatorship

Britney Spears was one of the most iconic popstars of the early 2000’s, and as such, most aspects of her personal life have played out in the public eye – including her placement in a conservatorship thirteen years ago. The circumstances around her conservatorship have attracted attention within the past year with the release of the documentary, Framing Britney Spears, …

Advance directives for your college aged children

When preparing a child to go off to college, it is important to make sure they have all their dorm supplies, textbooks, and the right meal plan for the upcoming academic year. However, an often overlooked but arguably more important item on the to do list should be the now 18-year old’s advance directives. Advance directives include Healthcare Power of …

Successful blended families and stepparent adoption

Family Law Helping Blended Families When a blended family forms, you and your partner begin to forge a new life together with the children from one or both of your previous relationships. The rewards can be tremendous, but there can be challenges as well. With new children comes new rules, new demands and new expectations. If you’re willing to work …

Estate planning crucial for single professionals

For many people, starting a family is one of the first signs of becoming an adult. If a couple has children, often the parents will take the time to meet with an Estate Planning Attorney to create an estate plan so that the kids will have someone to care for them if something happens. What about those individuals who do …

How do I set up a trust for my newborn?

As a new parent, you want to do everything in your power to provide a good future for your child. If you have an estate plan or in the process of estate planning, one thing you may look to do is set up a trust for your new baby. Often referred to as a trust fund, this type of planning is not …

How can you be an ideal stepparent?

Getting out of an unhealthy relationship can be challenging and leave you wondering if your life will ever be quite the same. Then, you meet someone special and begin to enjoy a new, exciting and rewarding relationship. However, with this adventure comes a new set of challenges as your significant other has children of their own. Now, your mind begins …

Easing your way into your role as a step-parent

If you have recently gotten into a relationship with someone who has children from a previous relationship, you may have already started to think about your role as a step-parent. Building an effective and trustworthy relationship with a child who is not your own by blood can be challenging and even discouraging at times. At Fidelis Law, PLLC, we have …

Suggestions for choosing a legal guardian for your children

If you are the parent of young children, you may have already begun thinking about who you would want to care for them if something tragic would ever happen to you. Planning ahead for these types of situations, even if a bit unsettling at times, is certain to provide confidence that if you were ever debilitated in some way, your …