Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Memphis Parenting Plan Lawyer

Parenting Plan Attorney in Memphis, TN

Before attending Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, I taught
5th grade for 5 years. During my time as a teacher, I encountered many
children whose parents were going through the divorce process. Each
student had their own way of coping with their family situation. Some of
my students would withdraw, act out, or go to great lengths to
try and be the mediator between their parents. Whatever
their reaction, it was easy to see that they were going through an incredibly
stressful time and needed some extra attention.

Memphis Divorce Lawyer

Additionally, I witnessed parents approaching their divorce
and its impact on their children in variety of ways; some approaches
were helpful while others were counterproductive. To avoid
making an already tough situation tougher, parents must strive to keep the
focus on what is best for the child. Parents need to remember that they do
not have to have all the answers as to what is best for the
child. Speaking with counselors, doctors, and/or teachers may be helpful
and necessary to guide your child through this difficult
transition. Parents who live in the Memphis area and are going through a
child custody matter must also attend a “Children Cope with Divorce” seminar.

Germantown Child Custody Lawyer

My time as a law clerk has shown me how the
best interests of the child can also be served through an
attorney. The attorneys at Rice, Amundsen, & Caperton, PLLC will be
glad to recommend a counselor for your children. Furthermore,
a well-drafted and detailed parenting plan will diffuse some
conflicts right from the start. The parenting plan will provide the
residential parenting schedule, decision-making, financial support, rights of
the parents, and plan for disagreements. In some cases, a child may need
their own lawyer to look out for their best interests. This is a Guardian
Ad Litem. The court will appoint the Guardian Ad Litem.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Memphis Divorce Attorney Larry Rice: on Attorney/Client Privilege in Tennessee

Memphis Divorce Attorney Larry Rice speaks candidly on the significance of confidentiality agreements between clients and attorneys as well as between the clients and the employees. He also explains the exceptions of the agreement, such as the attorney's legal obligation to report any criminal intent suggested by the client's actions or words.To view the entire video, please click the link below.

Friday, February 24, 2012

How Not to Hire Me

The best thing I did this week as a divorce lawyer was to explain to a potential client how not to hire me. I interview a lot of people who are thinking about divorce and most of the stories are compelling. But from time to time, I hear a story where I think that the better course is for the client to address the problems in the marriage rather than the problems of divorce.
When your spouse says "I will do anything to stay married," you should at least be able to tell them what "anything" is.
So, I didn’t get a new client, a divorce is at least not happening now, but I did the right thing and hopefully no lawyer will have this client.

Memphis Divorce Attorney Larry Rice: on Alimony in Tennessee

Memphis Divorce Attorney Larry Rice speaks about Tennessee law for alimony. Mr. Rice's lecture enlightens listeners on the reality of alimony, including the different types of alimony and the factors that influence the final rulings for alimony in divorce cases.To view the entire video, please follow the link below:

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Parenting Plans in Memphis, TN

Memphis Parenting Plan Attorney

The law in Memphis, TN requires that all cases involving the placement of child must have a parenting plan on file with the court. Creating a parenting plan requires an understanding of Tennessee custody laws and how they apply to your unique situation. A parenting plan outlines the custodial rights of each parent. The Memphis family law attorneys at Rice, Amundsen, and
Caperton understand that negotiating a parenting plan is a very emotional process. Let a Memphis child custody lawyer at Rice, Amundsen, and Caperton help you and your ex come up with a parenting plan that is fair and equitable.

Child Custody Lawyer Germantown, TN

A parenting plan in Germantown, TN will outline the custody, visitation, and decision making rights of each parent. Parenting plans are often very detailed in order to make the rights of each parent very clear. The parenting plan may include which parent has a child on certain holidays, who picks a child up from school, which days of the week each parent has a child, and residential plans such as this. Creating a parenting plan can be tedious and stressful. Do not go through this stress alone. Allow a Memphis family law attorney to guide you through the steps.

Contact a Memphis Family Lawyer Today

If you are concerned about your rights as a parent following a divorce or break up, contact a Germantown, TN child custody attorney. A parenting plan will create a stable living situation for your children. It will also establish clarity between you and your ex as to your specific parenting roles. At Rice, Amundsen, and Caperton we understand how important your children are to you. Contact our Memphis, TN based firm today.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Memphis Divorce Attorney Larry Rice: on the facts about Snooping in a Divorce Case in Tennessee

Memphis Divorce Attorney Larry Rice discusses the importance of not snooping in a divorce case. It can get you in a lot of trouble. Watch out because you could be charged with a criminal sanction. Snooping will hurt you, more than it can help you.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Memphis Divorce Attorney Larry Rice: on Relocation in TennesseeMemphis Divorce Attorney

Larry Rice discusses the importance of Relocation. Does the moving primary parent have a good reason to go? Mr. Rice recommends that you want to do what is in the best interest of the children.To view the entire video, please follow the link below:

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Alimony Attorney in Memphis, TN

Divorce Lawyer Memphis, TN

If you are considering filing for divorce, you may be wondering how you could support yourself on your own. Fortunately, in Memphis, the court has the ability to award alimony to ex-spouses. Alimony is a legal obligation to provide financial support to one's spouse from the other spouse after marital separation or from the ex-spouse upon divorce. In Memphis, the court recognizes four types of alimony and can grant more than one type of alimony to an individual. The four types of alimony are alimony in futuro, rehabilitative alimony, lump sum alimony, and transitional alimony. If you want to be informed of your rights regarding alimony, it's best to consult a Memphis divorce attorney.

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Alimony in futuro allows an economically disadvantaged spouse to maintain a lifestyle similar to that of when she was married. If a judge determines that a spouse cannot reasonably achieve a similar type of lifestyle on her own, he may grant the spouse alimony in futuro. Rehabilitative alimony is financial support that is provided for a shorter period of time. This type of alimony allows a spouse to get adjusted to the new living situation and "rehabilitate" themselves financially. Lump sum alimony is a one-time payment of alimony. If you think this is the best form of alimony for you, it's best to seek the advice of a Germantown divorce lawyer. The fourth types of alimony that may be granted by the court is transitional alimony. This type of alimony helps a spouse transition in to her new financial standing.

Family Law in Memphis

Do not allow yourself to be taken advantage of if you are going through a divorce. At Rice, Amundesen, and Caperton, we will make sure you get the alimony support you deserve. Contact the Memphis based divorce attorneys at Rice, Amundsen, and Caperton today.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Memphis Divorce Attorney Larry Rice: on Property Division in Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee Divorce Attorney Larry Rice gives an overview of how to divide property in divorce cases. He explains the two different types of property: separate property and marital property. Larry Rice defines separate property as any property acquired prior to the marriage or received as a gift or inheritance during the marriage. He also discusses marital property and states that judges tend to consider other factors such as income and separate property when determining how to divide the spouse's marital property.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Memphis Divorce Attorney Larry Rice: on Pendente Lite Hearings in Tennessee

Memphis Divorce Attorney Larry Rice discusses the purpose of Pendente Lite Support hearings in Tennessee. Pendente Lite, Latin for "pending litigation," is a good way to establish temporary child support until the final divorce hearing. Attorney Larry Rice explains that the Divorce Referee only considers income, expenses and the Child Support guidelines when deciding temporary support at the Pendente Lite hearings. Other factors that would contribute to granting a fault divorce in Tennessee do not hold much weight at a Pendente Lite hearing.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Clerking at Rice Law: by Blair Beaty

Memphis Divorce Attorney

One of the great, albeit depressing, things about the practice of family law is that it is recession proof. According to the The Memphis News, divorces made up the largest percent of filings in 2011, followed by hospital liens and auto accident claims. In 2010, divorces made up the second largest category of filings. Although the growth in divorce filings was not as strong as the growth in hospital liens for 2011, divorce filings were the highest in both Circuit Court, with 2,015 divorce filings out of 7,069 total filings, and Chancery Court, with 660 divorce filings our of 2,180 total filings.

Another study, performed by 24/7 Wall St., analyzed a report by the U.S. Census Bureau which was based on marital patterns of Americans in 2009. The report, released in August 2011, listed Tennessee as the 9th state for highest divorce rates. They report showed a strong correlation between divorce and poverty.

Filing for Divorce in Germantown, TN

Some may say it is the stress of the economy that drives spouses to a breaking point. This makes some sense when we take into account that Tennessee has always been ranked among the poorest states, even before the economic crisis hit.

It could also be that Tennessee has made it easier for spouses to file for divorce on their own. Beginning on September 1 , 2011, Tennesseans without minor children or pension plans could file for uncontested divorces without the help of an attorney. Obviously, the availability of the new forms substantially decreases the cost for most people seeking a divorce. The low cost option may be driving people who had been avoiding divorce for financial reasons to come forward and file.

Or perhaps people, especially the younger generations, have formed new attitudes regarding marriage and see it as a semi-permanent situation where there is always a way out.

No matter what the cause, high divorce rates are a good thing in this business. More divorces means more profits, and more profits means harder working attorneys.

Don’t get me wrong- I don’t mean “good thing” in a “let’s make money at the expense of other people’s feelings” type way; quite the opposite, actually. In my experience at Rice Amundsen and Caperton, making things better is what it is all about. Clients come to us when they are going through one of the worst situations of their lives and I always feel, at the end of the day, that we have given them a “silver lining” to hold onto.

To end, the point I would like to make is that perhaps a high divorce rate isn’t something to be concerned with; perhaps it means that people are finally feeling empowered to choose to get out of unhealthy and toxic situations and just be happy.

After all, life is short.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Memphis Divorce Attorney Larry Rice: on Parenting Issues in Tennessee

Memphis Divorce Attorney Larry Rice discusses the importance of not involving children in the divorce process. He recommends still parenting together by emphasizing each parents' love for their children and by not criticizing the other spouse in front of the children. Larry Rice also addresses the main components and faults of the Child Support Worksheet in Tennessee. He concludes by reiterating his point to parent together and to not talk badly about the other spouse.

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Memphis Divorce Attorney Larry Rice: on Marital Dissolution Agreements in Tennessee

Memphis Divorce Attorney Larry Rice discusses how spouses should approach negotiating before signing the Marital Dissolution Agreement (MDA). He explains the complexity of the MDA and advises couples to seek counsel when it is time to draft the MDA. Larry Rice also suggests the appropriate setting for a successful negotiation between spouses before signing the Marital Dissolution Agreement.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Clerking at Rice Law: by Tracy Cermak

When I started my job at Rice Law, I knew that I would learn each day what it takes to be successful in family law. My time at the firm has done just that, but I have also learned some unexpected lessons.

During my first few days with the firm, I was surprised to see how technology plays such a large role in the everyday happenings at the law firm. Scanning, burning, Facebook, blogs, PayPal accounts, and iPhones have become a part of my daily routine as a law clerk. Unfortunately, I was also surprised at how technically unsavvy I really am. Within the first week, I had to learn to scan, burn, post blogs, use PayPal accounts, and the finer details of using an iPhone. I had some catching up to do after spending the past 2 years with my nose in a book. I also learned a valuable lesson as to what will happen if you forget to silence your cell phone while participating in a trial.

I not only learned how to perform these tasks, but I have also quickly realized how essential they are.

These tools help to ensure that our clients receive the best possible representation. They keep us organized, educated, and allow us to communicate efficiently and effectively. It is already hard to imagine what we would do without technology at Rice Law. I look forward to learning new skills and coming up with new or better ways to incorporate technology into my daily routine as a law clerk.