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Divorce brings a great deal of stress and anxiety, much of which can be attributed to uncertainties about its cost. For many, the decision to divorce brings with it few definitive answers about money. Many divorcing spouses have no idea how much it will cost to end their marriage.

I believe there is an easier way and it is my goal is to change this financial uncertainty in the divorce process.

I want to provide you with the support and legal guidance you need during your divorce without the open-endedness many attorneys require.

Legal Services are the Only Purchase You Will Ever Make that Requires a Commitment without Knowing the Final Cost

When you decide to hire an attorney, hourly fees are discussed, but there is no telling how many hours it will take to end a marriage. Even the best case scenario can balloon into endless effort and frustration – all while the bill continues to add up. And all too often, divorcing spouses realize in the midst of their divorce – one of the most important transitions of their life – they are unable to afford continued litigation. Their attorney retracts his or her services just when they are needed most.

I Provide a Better Financial Arrangement for Couples Who Have Chosen Divorce

Instead of providing clients with an hourly rate and an open-ended quote for services, I provide clients with a flat rate.

During our initial meetings, we’ll discuss your situation and the expected result. We’ll explore various scenarios and determine the best possible paths to pursue, as well as various alternatives. I have worked with hundreds of clients and I understand no divorce is the same as another. We’ll set a realistic budget and should we exceed that budget, my office will assume the cost. Additionally, I work with each client to create a payment plan, whenever necessary.

This gives you the security and peace of mind needed to focus on what is most important during this transition – your own well-being and that of your family.

If you would like to know more or you are ready to speak to someone about your situation, please call my office. There is no reason why any family should be forced to struggle or suffer because the cost of legal services are unpredictable.

For more information, contact The Law Office of Brion L. Gardner at 615.556.1827.

All Other Family Law Matters

Men are sometimes required to prove or disprove paternity, either to gain their parental rights or to establish they are not responsible for a child. Any time a non-married couple has a child, it’s important to legally establish paternity, even if at the time the child is born both parents agree on the identity of the father. This way, if issues arise in the future, the man is able to show he is or is not a child’s father.

What’s the Purpose of Proving Paternity?

It’s important to remember that both the mother and father of a child are responsible for that child, regardless of their relationship status. Proof of paternity gives both parents legal standing when it comes to defending their rights and the rights of their child in court.

Paternity and Child Support

In any finding of paternity, there will be certain rights and responsibilities bestowed upon the father. The father will have standing to seek primary residential parent status if the father believes it is in the best interest of the child. In the alternative, the father may seek residential parenting time while the mother remains as the primary residential parent. In addition, the father will be responsible for child support consistent with Tennessee Child Support Guidelines.

Legal Counsel in Paternity Cases

It’s important if you are trying to establish paternity – as a father or as a woman attempting to get support – you work with an experienced professional who understands paternity proceedings and the laws that govern them. As a mother, trying to establish paternity when you are unsure of the father of your child comes with legal risks. And as a man, agreeing to sign an Acknowledge of Paternity without a guarantee you are the father can lead to your being held responsible for a child who is not biologically yours.

For more information about paternity and what you need to do if the paternity of a child is in question and you are involved, contact The Law Office of Brion L. Gardner 615.556.1287 for more information.

Sometimes there is no difference between same-sex couples and male-female couples family legal issues, but this is not always the case. And because laws regarding same-sex marriage recently changed, there are many couples facing legal issues that were never before a problem. I am able to provide guidance for LGBT couples when legal matters arise.

Are you facing legal decisions regarding your family? Are legal issues in question that could affect your rights or put your child at risk? We want to help.

For more information or to learn more about how the The Law Office of Brion L. Gardner can help you with family law issues, contact us at 615.556.1287

Relocating is a fact of life, and one that is more common following a divorce or separation. Many separated or divorced parents must move away from the homes, sometimes as far as a different state or country. In addition to the usual issues related to relocation, divorced parents must also consider how their move will affect their relationship and/or their former spouse’s relationship with their child. The need to relocate can have a powerful impact on the relationship a parent has with his or her child.

Relocating with a Child Requires Approval

Each parent has a legal right to spend time with his or her child. This means a custodial parent is not permitted to move without agreement from his or her child’s non-custodial parent or the court.

Receiving approval for a move, however necessary, can be complicated and frustrating. The key to receiving approval is the creation of a reasonable parenting plan that enables a child to spend time with both parents, despite the move. And depending on the distance of the move, the plan must also account for travel costs. Sending a child to spend time with his or her non-custodial parent can be expensive – an expense that is not necessarily the responsibility of the one traveling. We also will fight against parental relocation when such relocation violates Tennessee law.

International Relocation

It’s difficult enough when a parent must move out of state, but what happens if a parent must relocate to a different country? The logistics of visiting a child from another country is even more complicated and expensive.

The court understands relocation challenges associated with international relocation are extremely challenging and considers even more factors when making a decision. In addition to assessing the reason for the move, they also look at the conditions within the other country, as well as whether or not any of the custody laws within the destination will interfere with a parent’s rights.

Relocation Doesn’t Mean an End to Your Relationship with Your Child

It’s important to realize – whether you are the custodial or non-custodial parent – relocation doesn’t mean your relationship or your child’s other parent’s relationship with the child will end. Both parents continue to have rights and the well-being of the child is still the most important factor in the decision-making process.

Managing a relocation can be challenging, too. It’s imperative you have an experienced attorney on your side, helping you with the process and ensuring your rights and the rights of your child are protected.

It’s also important to speak to an attorney as soon as possible if you are the non-custodial parent objecting to the relocation of your child. There is a limited amount of time in which you can dispute the move and if you do not take appropriate action quickly, the court will assume you have no problem with the move.

If you would like to know more or you are facing a relocation issue that will affect the custody of your child in some way, I can help. Contact The Law Office of Brion L. Gardner 615.556.1287 for more information.

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