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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Tennessee on
Q: Would I have to sell my home that my father had bought me during the marriage

I left the home cause of treats of violence against me. He is demanding $20,000 to leave my house. What can I do. He has also told my children he would burn house down. We do not have any children together

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Ross Matuszak answered on Jan 15, 2021

Thank you for your question. From what you said, it seems that you may be in danger. If you feel threatened or are actually threatened with physical violence, call the police immediately. It would also be a good idea to file an order of protection against your husband due to threats of violence and... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Tennessee on
Q: I brought $75k of equity to purchase our first house together to my husband’s $0

Since then we have purchased another house using all the equity from the first. Am I entitled to recoup the $75k when we settle the house during the divorce?

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Ross Matuszak answered on Jan 7, 2021

Thank you for your question. First, you have to decide whether the divorce will be an agreed divorce or a contested divorce. It is possible that your husband will agree that since you came into the marriage with the $75,000, it is yours and should be awarded to you in the marital dissolution... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support and Criminal Law for Tennessee on
Q: Mother in law won't stop unnecessary drama and borderline harassment.

I have a mother in law that either has a drug problem or some mental health issues or both. She always brings us up in drama that she has created and won't stop contacting us even though she's been told to stop until she can act right. This has been going on for years and can not act... Read more »

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Ross Matuszak answered on Dec 29, 2020

Thank you for your question. A way to keep your mother in law from contacting you is to file an order of protection. Orders of protection are civil orders granted in cases involving abuse, stalking (harassment is included in stalking for the purposes of an order of protection) or assault. From your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Tennessee on
Q: Granddaughters in foster care. How to get them back on an emergency hearing?

Their mother assaulted me an April 10, 2020, pushing me back while I sat in a chair. Causing my head to hit the kitchen cabinets behind me. I filed a police report and they do not locate her that night. They (mother and new husband) lived with us and the granddaughters were already asleep. They... Read more »

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Ross Matuszak answered on Dec 14, 2020

Thank you for your question. With the facts you shared, one option is to file a petition for custody of your grandchildren. To get custody, you would have to present several facts to the court, including that the parents of your grandchildren are unfit to care for them. If there has been a finding... Read more »

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Q: If my husband is having an affair and we have two kids and a house, should I contest the divorce or agree?
Ross Matuszak
Ross Matuszak answered on Dec 7, 2020

Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer. It really depends on what your goals and what you want to accomplish. Your divorce sounds like it may get complicated due to the issues you described (affair, marital home, children). I can offer some general information, but... Read more »

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Q: Does an order of reconciliation include a order of protection? Will they drop it as well?

My husband filed for a divorce and got a order of protection. We want to reconcile and I want to make sure the protection order will be dropped.

Ross Matuszak
Ross Matuszak answered on Dec 8, 2020

Just because you reconcile does not mean that the order will be dropped. If there is an active order of protection in place against you, it is very important to make sure that it is no longer in effect before contacting the person who obtained said order. You can face penalties (including time in... Read more »

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