Navigating divorce, determining custody, and negotiating alimony can be daunting. Especially when emotions are high and children are involved. That’s why you need the experience of a Tennessee family law firm that focuses on compassion and results.
The attorneys at Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, PLLC have been helping families with their legal needs throughout Nashville and Springfield Tennessee for decades. We understand how difficult separation can be, that’s why we’ll handle your case with care to ensure the fairest results for you and your family.
Family Law in Tennessee
Family law is a rather broad term, encompassing cases pertaining to family relationships such as marriage, divorce, child custody, adoption, abortion, child abuse, and domestic violence.
Family law cases, or civil law, are heard differently than criminal cases. In a criminal case, the state or federal government charges a person with a crime, whereas in civil cases, a person is typically in a dispute with another person.
Nashville Family Law Issues
Our law firm handles an array of family legal issues, including the following:
Divorce – There are requirements that must be met before filing for a divorce in Tennessee. You must present grounds for divorce and, in many cases, evidence will be required to prove your claims. There are also many factors to take into consideration when it comes to a divorce — division of property, child custody and support, spousal support, and more.
Child Custody/Visitation – Figuring out what to do with the children after a legal separation or a divorce is one of the hardest decisions a couple has to make. With our child custody attorneys, we will make sure your custody agreement is designed with the best interest of your children in mind. If necessary, our lawyers will fight in Tennessee court to make the appropriate modifications of any agreements.
Child Support – Like custody, child support is a sticking point in many divorces. Unfortunately, divorcing couples forget that child support is for the benefit of the welfare of the children, not for their ex-spouse. Because of this attitude, payments may be ignored or even forgotten. If this is the case, our child support lawyers will do everything they can to make sure your children are financially secure by forming or modifying the support agreement.
Divorce Mediation – Many couples may not want to deal with a lengthy court proceeding and rather hash everything out before stepping into a courtroom. In these cases, they may turn to an impartial mediator to reach an agreement on important issues such as the division of property, child support or custody, and spousal support. It’s best to have an attorney present before and during the negotiations.
Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements – A key to successful future planning is to make sure you and your spouse agree on certain issues before or during a marriage. Our attorneys can assist couples in the Nashville area with negotiating, drafting, and executing prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. These contracts can establish terms regarding important decisions, including asset division and spousal support, in the event of a marriage’s dissolution.
Grandparent Rights – When divorce occurs, grandparents are often the forgotten family members when it comes to visiting their grandchildren. While many individuals may think grandparents do not have rights, the reality is not so. This is especially true when the visitation and custody of a child by a grandparent are in that child’s best interest.
Adoption – Whether a family is adopting through an agency or looking to make a legal bond between stepchild and stepparent, adoption is a wonderful event to happen to a family. Unfortunately, it can also be very complicated.
Our family lawyers in Nashville and Springfield can also assist with some harder problems surrounding families, such as domestic violence or termination of parental rights.
Don’t Hesitate. Contact Our Nashville Family Lawyers Today.
It takes a dedicated lawyer with experience and compassion to make sure your case has a successful conclusion. You need one who is sensitive to your issues and will make sure your family is made a top priority. You can count on the Tennessee family law attorneys at Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, PLLC to get you the results you deserve.
If you are considering a divorce, have issues with your child custody, or are a victim of domestic violence in Charlotte, Brentwood, Franklin, and other communities across Davidson and Williamson Counties, we’re only a phone call away. Contact the Nashville and Springfield family lawyers at Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, PLLC now for more information.