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2 Answers | Asked in Wrongful Death for Tennessee on

Q: My brother committed suicide in August 2017 after his wife demanded a divorce. She knew of his past suicide attempts.

They were married 32 years and had 4 children. She never worked and appears to have a personality disorder.

Marjorie A Bristol answered on May 1, 2018

What is your question? If your question is do you have a cause of action against her, then the answer is no. She has the right to choose to divorce someone. I am so sorry about your brother. A love one's suicide is so hard. Mental illness was the cause of your brother's suicide, not your... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Tennessee on

Q: My wife and I are getting divorced and she has her own lawyer.. Do i need to hire a lawyer or nor

Me and my wife are pretty civil.. 11 years later we are more friends than lovers.. I sat with her lawyer and we split everything 50/50.. I took on my 20k debt in return for 15k of my wife's 401k.. We already signed are papers and been submitted to courts.. I asked for copies for my records..... Read more »

Marjorie A Bristol answered on May 1, 2018

I always advise people to have an attorney review the paperwork to make sure that it says what they think it says.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Tennessee on

Q: Is the executor within rights?

Two heirs are splitting the mortgage at the estate for nearly 1 year. The executor has drawn up a lease for heir A. Heir A has is an Addict and had significant medical problems. He's financially irresponsible, and is barely mobile unless in wheelchair. Executor and Heir A are attempting to evict... Read more »

Marjorie A Bristol answered on May 1, 2018

It sounds like you need to consult a probate attorney to look at all of the facts and assess your ability to seek removal of the executor.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on

Q: i am 16 years old. i was adopted a couple of years ago and i was wondering if i could legally move out w/o consent

Marjorie A Bristol answered on Apr 28, 2018

No, you cannot move out without parental consent until you are 18.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Military Law for Tennessee on

Q: Mother is refusing to bring child to father and stepmothers house on his visitation days bc he is with the military.

My husband has shared custody of his 5 year old son. He is in the Army and has been called away for training for the month. Our question is, is his sons mother allowed to keep him from coming over to our home with me (his step mom) and his baby sister while my husband is with the military? We have... Read more »

Marjorie A Bristol answered on Apr 28, 2018

You need to consult an attorney. The law provides that a service member's family can still have access to the child during deployment.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Tennessee on

Q: Should i hire an lawyer on uncontested divorce if i agreed on with wifes lawyer papers.

We agreed that i retain all my debt that is around 15k and in return i get 20k of her 401k.. Sketchy part is her lawyer keeps telling me i don't have to be at court and she is still working on QDRO

Marjorie A Bristol answered on Apr 28, 2018

What the other lawyer is saying isn't uncommon. I still recommend that you consult an attorney to review the documents.

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Tennessee on

Q: divorce court is this Monday and I have no lawyer, what do I do?

Marjorie A Bristol answered on Apr 28, 2018

What is the case set for? Trial? Hearing on a motion? Without knowing more, it is impossible to answer. I highly recommend that you consult an attorney and ask the court for more time to hire a lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on

Q: In the state of Tennessee, if I give up my rights, do I have to pay child support?

The child lives with her mom's mom who has temporary custody of her and has had for the last 8 years. Because I asked for a DNA test the grandmother now wants me to pay child support. If the child is mine, do I have to pay child support if I give up my rights?

Marjorie A Bristol answered on Apr 28, 2018

Yes, you do. The only way you would be excused from paying child support is if the child is adopted by someone else.

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Tennessee on

Q: My brother and his ex left personal things 5 years ago. We threw the things out. They want legal action.

They were broken junk, old clothes, papers, 1 tv that was my mom’s who passed away and a play station. Most of the things grew mold because they got wet and we threw them out. The tv and PlayStation is with us. Now his ex is telling me that she will take legal action to get the tv, the... Read more »

Marjorie A Bristol answered on Apr 28, 2018

She can try, but I doubt it will result in much since so much time has passed. If they do file suit, you will need to consult an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Tennessee on

Q: My five year old son was injured while unsupervised at a friend's house. Do they have to pay his medical bills?

Marjorie A Bristol answered on Apr 28, 2018

Possibly. You should should consult an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Tennessee on

Q: Is it a crime for a parent to buy a vape and oil containing nicotine for their child?

My 12 year old step son came to our home this weekend with a vape and oil his mother bought him. Personally, I would have disposed of it but my husband had him read the DANGER section and where it says not for anyone under 18. He told him he can't have it here.

Marjorie A Bristol answered on Apr 28, 2018

Yes, it is a crime. Yes, your husband should consult an attorney about seeking custody of the child based on this.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Tennessee on

Q: If I’m 21 and my gf is 17 & in dcs custody could I b in trouble

Marjorie A Bristol answered on Mar 30, 2018

Yes, if you have had sex, you could be guilty of statutory rape if there is 4 years between your ages. Your best bet is to wait until she turns 18 and not post any more information on public forums.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Tennessee on

Q: Custodial parent lied to get child support after I took care of them for 16 and 14 years. What can I do?

My child's mother and I were together for 17 years. When we split up, she went to court for child support. I was not present because I did not get the subpoena. I started noticing money being taken out of my check. Child support office has told me that I am 69,000 dollars behind in support. I have... Read more »

Marjorie A Bristol answered on Mar 30, 2018

You can hire an attorney and go back to court to try and fix the error.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Tennessee on

Q: What can I do , my ex took my car. She co-signed for it . Her name is not on the title or registration .

How do I get my car back? She is keeping it from me.

Marjorie A Bristol answered on Mar 30, 2018

Your ex what? Girlfriend? Wife? You should consult an attorney to see what your options are.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Tennessee on

Q: when someone is court order to leave the house will both parties meet with their attorneys before or after

if someone was going to be severed papers to leave house will he get them before or after we have a conference meeting together with our lawyers

Marjorie A Bristol answered on Mar 30, 2018

That question is best answered by your attorney.

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Tennessee on

Q: I have custody of my 13 year old granddaughter. She wants to move back home with her mom. Can I let her go.

If we both agree do we have to go back to court or can I just sign a notarized affidavit giving permission.

Marjorie A Bristol answered on Mar 30, 2018

That depends on what the order giving you custody says. It is better to go back to court. Otherwise, if something happens and the court or DCS removes your grandchild from your daughter, they may not give her back to you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Tennessee on

Q: I’m 17 and graduate May 17th and turn 18 12 days later is it legal for me to move out if I’m no longer in school?

Marjorie A Bristol answered on Mar 30, 2018

You cannot legally move out without your parents' consent until you turn 18. However, as a practical matter, it may be difficult for law enforcement to find you to take you home before your 18th birthday.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Tennessee on

Q: I am 17 if I runaway can the police bring me home if I'm In a safe place and still going

Marjorie A Bristol answered on Mar 30, 2018

Yes, they can. You cannot leave home without parental permission until you are 18.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on

Q: What are the child support laws in Tennessee when both parents are minors?

My daughter is 15 and I have custody of both her and her one year old child. The child's father is 17. Paternity has been established. Can he be made to pay child support? He has a job.

Marjorie A Bristol answered on Mar 30, 2018

If he has a job, he can be forced to pay child support. He probably cannot be held responsible for working full time if he is still in school since his school attendance is required by law. Did you obtain legal custody of the baby? Because otherwise, your daughter is the legal custodian of the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Tennessee on

Q: Mom has no job car and lives with her dad but father has job car and his own place shouldn't the father gain custody?

Marjorie A Bristol answered on Mar 28, 2018

No, not necessarily. The fact that the mom lives with her father may not play a big role in custody. You should consult an attorney to look at all of the facts to advise you regarding your legal options.

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