Family Law

“Compassionate & Experienced Legal Representation for a Wide Variety of Family Law Issues”

Family law issues can be challenging matters to resolve. Divorce, child custody, and adoption are just a few of the issues in which parents and other family members can become overwhelmed by their passions and emotions. While a family law attorney is not able to quell all outbursts or prevent all disputes, he or she can be a reassuring figure to help ex-spouses and/or divorcing parents resolve their issues in a timely and effective manner.

At Douglass & Runger, Attorneys at Law, our Tennessee family law attorneys partner with our clients to help ensure our clients receive the experienced and personalized service and counsel they need in order to make the best decisions and obtain the best outcomes for their families. Contact us today to learn how our knowledge and experience in family law issues can provide the steady hand necessary to guide you during this time.

Legal Representation for a Wide Variety of Family Law Issues

Family law issues are numerous, and it takes a family law attorney who has experience in the various areas of family law in order to be able to competently assist a particular family member/client. From marriages and prenuptial agreements to divorces and everything in between, our Memphis family law lawyers are here to assist you and vigorously represent your interests in and out of court during the following proceedings:

  • Divorce: A divorce is the process whereby a legal marriage is terminated. A divorce can be either uncontested (if the parties agree on all issues) or it can be contested. If it is contested, a court will need to decide the contested issues, which can include the grounds for divorce (i.e., why the divorce should be granted), property division, child support, and child custody.
  • Child Custody: A court will determine child custody issues based on the “best interest of the child” and after reviewing the facts and circumstances of each parent. A parent who is designated as the primary residential parent will have the child live with him or her for the majority of the time; the other parent (the “noncustodial” parent) will be entitled to reasonable visitation time with the child.
  • Visitation: The noncustodial parent is entitled to reasonable visitation time with his or her children. The court’s plan for when and how visitation should occur will be contained in a document called a “permanent parenting plan.” The plan will typically allow for weekly or biweekly visitation as well as visitation during certain holidays and periods in which the child is not in school. Modifying a visitation schedule usually requires either the consent of both parties or a showing that the modification is in the best interest of the child.
  • Paternity Suits: A paternity suit is the vehicle whereby a man is declared to be the legal father of a child. A man who is declared to be the legal father of a child will have rights to parent and visit with the child as well as the responsibility to support the child. A paternity suit can be brought by the child’s mother, a man who believes he is the child’s father, a guardian on behalf of the child, or the Tennessee Department of Human Services.
  • Child Support: Each parent is expected to provide for the support and care of their children. When parents of a child are divorced, the noncustodial parent will pay child support to the primary residential parent. The amount of child support is based on the combined income of the parents and is calculated according to a statutory formula.
  • Child Support Modification: An existing child support order can be modified where there has been a material change of circumstance in the situation of the parties such that the new proposed child support amount is at least fifteen percent greater or less than the existing child support amount. Calculating the new child support amount can require the parent requesting the modification to obtain important income information from the other spouse. A family law attorney can assist you in determining whether a child support order is eligible for modification.
  • Alimony: Alimony – sometimes called spousal support or spousal maintenance – is awarded where there is a need by one spouse for the alimony and the ability to pay the amount by the other spouse. There are various types of alimony available depending on the needs of the receiving spouse. A family law attorney can help a spouse needing alimony obtain an appropriate amount of support or he or she can help the spouse from whom alimony is sought defeat a request for spousal support.
  • Orders of Protection: An order of protection is available to victims of stalking, domestic abuse, and/or sexual assault. These orders can prevent an abuser from having contact with the victim or harassing the victim. While a victim does not necessarily need an attorney’s help to initially apply for an order of protection, these temporary orders of protection will usually expire approximately two weeks after they are entered. Orders of protection can be granted for longer periods of time, but this requires a contested hearing and a finding by the court that there is in fact a need for such an order.
  • Contempt Matters: Where one party does not obey a court’s orders during a divorce or other family law proceeding, that party may be held in contempt of court. Indirect civil contempt of court is the most common form of contempt in family law cases. A party found in indirect civil contempt can be fined or jailed until he or she complies willingly with the court’s orders.
  • Prenuptial Agreements: A prenuptial agreement describes how the parties to a marriage intend for their affairs to be handled in the event the parties divorce. A prenuptial agreement that is drafted and executed in accordance with the law can be enforced by a court and dictate how issues such as property division and alimony will be handled. A valid prenuptial agreement can eliminate any confusion or uncertainty for you and your spouse and save you time and money in the future.
  • Adoption: Before a stepparent or other person can adopt a child, the biological parents to the child must either consent to the adoption and/or must have their parental rights terminated. Terminating a biological parent’s rights can involve contested hearings requiring the presentation of evidence that the biological parent or parents of the child are unfit.

Contact Douglass & Runger, Attorneys at Law for Assistance

Family law litigants who are represented by knowledgeable counsel have a greater chance of having a court decide their family law issues in their favor. The Memphis family law attorneys at Douglass & Runger, Attorneys at Law, are experienced in partnering with clients to ensure that their interests and desires are effectively represented in and out of court.  We work to understand your needs and goals and zealously work to achieve those objectives. Contact us today by calling (901) 388-5805 and learn how the experienced assistance of a Memphis family law attorney can help you in your divorce, child custody, or other family law-related case.

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