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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: If you have 3kids by 3 different men is it illegal to only charge one with child support and not all 3

My husbands ex has 4 kids by 4 different men and only takes him with child support.

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Johnny Quitman Rasberry answered on May 11, 2020

As long as she is asking for child support that is only his child and not all three, then that is legal. Reprehensible, but not illegal. Now, if she asked him for child support for a child that is not his through the courts, that would not be legal.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Tennessee on
Q: Is a discovery request by an attorney court ordered?
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Johnny Quitman Rasberry answered on May 11, 2020

I agree with Mr. Bennett. Having said that, there are some requests that may be subject to objection. You need the assistance of an attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Identity Theft for Tennessee on
Q: What steps can I take to protect myself from financial abuse by my ex?

He has taken the information off my license and has my social security number and has already set up a credit karma account for me. I am in a program in which the government assigned me an address. But I’m afraid of him using my information when it comes to tax time (since I can legally claim the... Read more »

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Johnny Quitman Rasberry answered on May 9, 2020

If you have an attorney, then tell your attorney. It sounds as if you are in a divorce proceeding and he may have violated the automatic injunction. If you do not have an attorney, get one.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Family Law, Civil Rights and Health Care Law for Tennessee on
Q: How can someone get their power of attorney back from a guardian?

I'm married and polyamorous, my boyfriend was forced to sign over his legal rights to his family because he's disabled. His family recently decided to control everything he does, including a rule that he has to update them on where he goes. He's 25 and fully functioning. He wants to... Read more »

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Johnny Quitman Rasberry answered on May 8, 2020

Normally, a power of attorney can simply be ended by the rejection of the POA. However, it this is court ordered as you question suggests, he will need to retain counsel, file a petition and have a hearing to prove the POA is no longer needed.

2 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence and Family Law for Tennessee on
Q: In Tennessee for an ex parte protection order, is a hearing required within 15 days of service of that order?

I have been under an ex parte order of protection for 6 months. Does this violate my due process rights?

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Johnny Quitman Rasberry answered on May 8, 2020

At this time the Tennessee Supreme Court has issued Orders continuing Order of Protections until it determines it is relatively safe to conduct hearings. So, no under these circumstances your rights have not been violated. If you do not have an attorney, you need to get one asap.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: Hello. I am seeking some information about my current situation. I live in Mt. Juliet TN

My situation is fairly complicated. We were married by a Hindu Custom Religious marriage in 2007 in Los Angeles California. However our priests are not officiated, therefor in the state of TN it is not considered to be "legal". I am now separating with him and have 2 children together. Am... Read more »

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Johnny Quitman Rasberry answered on May 1, 2020

You need to consult with a local family law attorney to see if you are indeed married and to begin getting child support whether or not you are legally married.

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Tennessee on
Q: My wife and I live with her mom. She wants a divorce and is trying to kick me out.

I have no money or transportation to get anywhere.

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Johnny Quitman Rasberry answered on Apr 29, 2020

Your mother-in law has the right to evict you, not your wife.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Tennessee on
Q: Good morning. Wanting to know if it is possible to file for a divorce online
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Johnny Quitman Rasberry answered on Apr 29, 2020

Yes, it should be possible. Please visit https://efile.nashville.gov/ for further information.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for Tennessee on
Q: I was paying child support while married to her can I get that money back. I going through a divorce

I was paying child support since 2013 and was married to her and didn't know it was illegal. We are getting a divorce and I have a lawyer. Am I able to get that money back since we live together the whole time?

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Johnny Quitman Rasberry answered on Apr 23, 2020

You need to consult your attorney for an answer to your question.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Tennessee on
Q: I am owed 10000 in arrears. Christopher Scott Hunt got custody of our child i pay support now to him in flordia why?

Scott Hunt gained custody of the child then illegally moved child to flordia. my paycheck is garneshed now how in the world is this right.

Johnny Quitman Rasberry
Johnny Quitman Rasberry answered on Apr 21, 2020

Please do not identify anyone specifically by name as this may expose you to a defamation action if your accusations are not true. If you allege that he moved to another state illegally and he in fact followed the law, then you could get in trouble. Assuming he did get custody, then as a parent you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: i filed for ssi and I'm waiting to see if I'm approved or denied. I owe back child support but I have no income.

will the state garnish my stimulus check 2020 bc of this

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Johnny Quitman Rasberry answered on Apr 21, 2020

If you owe back child support your stimulus check can and probably will be intercepted.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: Can the state make you pay back double for what was drew on Familes First?

My mother in law drew $7,228 in Families First benefits. Should my ex husband and I both be paying back $7,633 each?

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Johnny Quitman Rasberry answered on Apr 21, 2020

I am not sure if the amount you stated is the total amount owed. Generally, it appears that a child support order was entered and if so, both you and your ex would be jointly liable for the amount. You should consult with an experienced family law attorney for your best options.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: If my daughter was born outside of TN, can the state of TN enforce child support if jurisdiction was not relinquished?

She was born in another state and relocated with her mother to TN. The mother did not inform the state she was born outside of the state when child support was enforced.

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Johnny Quitman Rasberry answered on Apr 21, 2020

Generally, jurisdiction follows the child. Whether the case should have been initiated in either the foreign state or TN depends on several factors. How long had the child been in TN. Was the child legitimated? If so, where? Is the action in TN for enforcement purposes only? You should consult with... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: I pay for my children's medical insurance and I have reason to believe my ex-wife is lying to our daughter.

I think she is telling our daughter that she (our daughter) has a number of different diseases. Do I have the right to see my daughters medical records.

Johnny Quitman Rasberry
Johnny Quitman Rasberry answered on Apr 21, 2020

Absent an order from the court barring you access to those records, yes you have a right to see the medical records. Look at you Permanent Parenting Plan and consult a local family law attorney for your best course of action.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: My daughter's dad owes back child support will I get his stimulus check if he's allowed to get one?
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Johnny Quitman Rasberry answered on Apr 21, 2020

Stimulus checks are subject to be intercepted. The amount would go to any arrears, so yes, you may get money towards the arrears.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: My wife and I filed jointly and we have children. I owe back child support. Will all of our stimulus money be taken?
Johnny Quitman Rasberry
Johnny Quitman Rasberry answered on Apr 21, 2020

If you owe back child support your stimulus check can and probably will be intercepted.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Tax Law for Tennessee on
Q: If my taxes were reduced this year for child support payments and I received the remainder...will my stimulus check be

Garnished as well

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Johnny Quitman Rasberry answered on Apr 21, 2020

If you owe back child support your stimulus check can and probably will be intercepted.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: I owe over 2,000 in child support. I've been trying for my SSI will they still tale my stimulus check
Johnny Quitman Rasberry
Johnny Quitman Rasberry answered on Apr 21, 2020

Stimulus checks are susceptible to interception if you owe back child support.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: I retire this month And my minor child gets half. My child support is $317 the childs benefit is $1000 per month.

How will this affect my child support payment. We have joint residential custody but she has primary residential custody

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Johnny Quitman Rasberry answered on Apr 21, 2020

The question is whether a recalculation of your child support would make a 15% difference in the amount ordered. You should consult a local experienced family law attorney for your best options.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Tennessee on
Q: Went to court in GA have a custody order 7/2019 mother moved to TN how do I transfer order to TN to enforce

Mother lived in GA with two boys custody child support all done together in one order thru GA court she moved to TN few months after and I need to know how to and what papers to print just to have TN file the order since the mother lives there so if there is any issues I can have TN enforce... Read more »

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Johnny Quitman Rasberry answered on Apr 18, 2020

You need to enroll the foreign order in child's jurisdiction. You need to retain an experienced family lawyer in that jurisdiction, which should not cost much. The cost comes in when you decide to bring an action to enforce the order for contempt.

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