I've contacted the other party only once over a 15 month period, and now being harassed by the other party's family. Do I have any rights that protect me? I only contact the other group if needed based on the mediator responsibilities.
You should probably withdraw as the mediator from the case. If they are harassing you, it is unlikely that you can remain neutral. After you withdraw they should stop contacting you because you are no longer involved in the case. Rule 31 is a great resource for Listed mediators in Tennessee.
Motion to set your divorce for a hearing and file a proposed parenting plan. If the trial dates are too far away, you can have the judge set temporary parenting time and child support. That will be a court order and you should be able to see your child pending the outcome of the divorce.
If your wife will not your divorce papers, you need to motion to set the case for a hearing and the judge will determine what is fair and equitable. It could be different than what the papers you have drafted state. There are time limits depending on when you filed the initial complaint for...Read more »
He however refuses to follow our divorce decree. He won't pay the bills, he wrecked my car I was to get in our settlement, I have been divorced 61/2 years and still don't have a car. He makes me do all the driving. He refuses to meet me part way.i never got to get my belongings out of our house. He... Read more »
Speak to a local attorney about filing a Petition for Custody. This can be done is several ways. If he is violating your current Parenting PLan or a court order, you may be able to file for contempt and show a change in circumstances that will allow you to have the custody switched. Your 16 year...Read more »
Generally, no. He is under a court order to make payments. You should consult a lawyer about filing for contempt. You may want to make sure that you are not in contempt by carefully reading the Marital Dissolution Agreement to determine who is responsible for that utility bill.
My son came home from work one day and his wife had taken their two girls and left for her daddy in Mississippi,8th time in 4 years.He finally got in touch with her and she promised to let the kids come back for the summer. She now says she has a legal aide lawyer in MS and if he doesn't sign the... Read more »
In Tennessee, you must reside here 6 months to file. I am not licensed in Mississippi, so I don't know their rules. You may want to post your question on the forum for that state. However, you may be able to file here or contest jurisdiction in Mississippi.
If your spouse is agreeable to allow you to file in Tennessee, you can get usually get an attorney to do a flat fee divorce because it is just paperwork. There is a 60 day waiting period. In many counties, the parties do not even have to appear in court to get divorced, it can all be done through...Read more »
It depends on what the Parenting Plan states. Generally, child support, including medical bills, is owed until the child graduates from high school or turns 18. So, if they are a senior this year then you probably still owe it. Please consult your custody documents to confirm this.
Generally child support is set on the income of each biological parent. The Step-Father does not have to pay. However, if the Mother stopped working, income can be assigned to her at the rate she could make if she was working. Also, if the mother and step-father file a joint tax return the state...Read more »
You must go through each paragraph of the Complaint and either admit or deny it. Generally, the clerks are quite nice and can give you some guidance. It may be easier to hire an attorney as they are very familiar with your local court rules. Answers generally must be filed within 30 days.
Because the step father died without a will, the property will go to his next of kin. Generally, step children are not the next of kin as they are not blood related to the step father. If the mother had a will or died with out a will and her estate never went through the probate process, the...Read more »
It depends on what your lease says. Most leases have a provision for how to notify a landlord when there is a problem. Most leases also state that you may not withhold rent. Read through the lease or bring it to a qualified attorney. Good luck!
The executor will have to provide an accounting to the court before the estate can be closed. Any money that was taken for purposes not relating to the estate will have to be re-paid. Most courts will require the executor to be bonded to prevent such fraud or theft from the estate.
The vehicle was there for several years; after he died, I called and the friend said he'd gotten rid of it; he was recently seen driving it, and I need to know how to reclaim it. I am executrix of my husband's will, and sole beneficiary.
File a police report and see if they can locate the car. I assume you have the title and your letters testamentary will enable you to get it into your name only. He may try to make a claim against the estate for storage fees.
I had to file bankruptcy and take out a loan to get current with my rent. I am disabled and am constantly having to pay late and overdraft fees. The judge told him to get 2 jobs which he has failed to do. I cannot afford a lawyer. What are my options?
Contact your local legal aid society for help with a pro bono or reduced fee lawyer. It sounds like the judge is already familiar with your case, so you may be able to continue to represent yourself at the next contempt hearing. It's obvious that he is behind and the judge can order wage...Read more »
It varies. For a first time offender with no criminal history it could be zero. It is likely to be lower for people with significant community ties and based on the seriousness of the DUI (rate of speed, involved in an accident, or high blood alcohol level). If it is set too high, you can go to...Read more »
If you are giving up all rights, the opposing attorney has likely drafted all the documents and you don't need an attorney. If someone is giving you the child you definitely need an attorney with experience in that area of the law. Mistakes on those documents could cause them to be void and...Read more »
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