Family Law

Divorce

At Doerflinger & Eledge, PLLC we offer a complete family law practice in Lawrenceburg, TN. Family law includes divorce, also known as marital dissolution. My office also serves the surrounding communities of Lawrence County, Wayne County, Giles County, Maury County, Hardin County, Lewis County, Rutherford County. We travel from Lawrenceburg, TN to Columbia, Pulaski, Waynesboro, Collinwood, Murfreesboro, Fayetteville, Winchester, Tullahoma, Manchester, Lewisburg, Hohenwald, Linden, Shelbyville, and Savannah. As a Tennessee divorce lawyers, we assist clients in the following family law areas:

  • Divorce
  • Asset division
  • Child Support
  • Alimony / spousal maintenance
  • Visitation and custody
  • Settlement
  • Mediation
  • Post-decree modifications
  • Child custody

As Tennessee divorce lawyers, we understand the emotional nature of family law situations and work with our clients throughout their family matters. Divorce situations are handled by our firm from beginning to end. Contact us as soon as you realize you need legal advice.

Tennessee Divorce Help

In divorce cases, we continue to work with our clients beyond the issuing of the divorce decree. Post-decree modifications are part of our services also. Tennessee divorce lawyers need to be competent and experienced in order to help you through the complexities of your situation. we have the competence and experience that you need on your side. For marital dissolution and divorce help contact Doerflinger & Eledge, PLLC. We offer a free initial consultation. Telephone (931) 762-6620.

Annulment

Marriages that are void as against public policy or that are voidable at the option of the aggrieved party may be annulled. If a marriage is annulled, the legal effect is that the parties are treated as though they were never married. A decree of annulment has the effect of rendering the marriage void from its inception and returns the parties to their original status prior to the marriage as nearly as possible, as though the marriage never took place. Call us to see if your situation will meet the requirements for annulment rather than divorce.

Maritial Dissolution Agreements

A Maritial Dissolution Agreement (MDA) is a contract between the parties to settle their property rights and other legal obligations arising out of the marriage relationship. Property division, child custody matters, insurance contracts the division of debt are all subjects that must be considered. There are many federal statutes that can effect the issues involved in the dissolution of a marriage.

Consolidated Omnibus Reconsiliation Act (COBRA) governing medical insurance eligibility, Qualified Domestifc Relations Orders, Military Retirement and Disability Benefits, Railroad Retirement Benefits, Social Security Benefits all must be considered in the dissolution agreement.

Multi jurisdictional custody matters may involve issues controlled by the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act(UCCJA) or the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act(PKPA). We have experience in these areas.

Prenuptial Agreement

The purpose of the prenuptial agreement is to set out the parties’ agreement concerning the disposition of certain property in the event of death or divorce, in a form that will be binding on both the parties and the court. We are familiar with the procedures to be followed in order to insure that the agreement is drafted and executed in accordance with the requirements of the law. Second marriages and blended families need to consider this type agreement, BEFORE marriage.

Child Custody

Child Custody Lawyer in Lawrenceburg Tennessee

We are Tennessee child custody attorneys located in Lawrenceburg, TN. Our family law practice, Doerflinger & Eledge, PLLC, works with divorcing or separating parents to ensure child custody matters are handled effectively. We understand the issues that are involved in any custody dispute. Our office serves Lawrence County, Wayne County, Giles County, Maury County, Hardin County, Lewis, Rutherford County. We travel from Lawrenceburg, TN to Columbia, Pulaski, Waynesboro, Collinwood, Murfreesboro, Fayetteville, Winchester, Tullahoma, Manchester, Lewisburg, Hohenwald, Linden, Shelbyville, and Savannah. If you need advice on child custody make an appointment with Doerflinger & Eledge, PLLC today.

Child Custody Lawyer

As a Tennessee family law lawyer, we understand that children’s issues do not stop with determining custody. We work with my clients throughout the divorce or legal separation process including post-decree modifications. Our office offers the following children’s services in family law:

  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Visitation / parenting time
  • Modifications
  • Paternity

We work with my clients to determine the legal issues in their case and advise them on how to proceed. Divorce proceedings do not necessarily end when the couple signs the divorce decree. Issues often remain and require post-decree modifications. Many of these modifications involve children.

As child custody lawyers, We realize that situations that involve children are emotional. As an experienced family law & divorce attorney, We use our experience and expertise to work with my clients to complete modifications with as little expense or litigation as possible.

Child custody lawyers should listen and work with the client to achieve the client’s goals. We listen carefully to and work well with our clients, regardless of the stresses involved in the situation.

For an experienced child custody lawyer contact Doerflinger & Eledge, PLLC today. We offer a free initial consultation. Our office serves Middle Tennessee Counties including Lawrence County, Wayne County, Giles County, Maury County, Hardin County, Lewis, Rutherford County. We travel from Lawrenceburg, TN to Columbia, Pulaski, Waynesboro, Collinwood, Murfreesboro, Fayetteville, Winchester, Tullahoma, Manchester, Lewisburg, Hohenwald, Linden, Shelbyville, and Savannah.

Child Support Calculator

The State of Tennessee has a Child Support Calculator available by through the link below.
Click on the link and follow the on-line instructions.
Our office is available to help with your child support questions.
Contact Doerflinger & Eledge, PLLC at (931) 762-6620.
http://www.state.tn.us/humanserv/is/isdownloads.html

Parenting Plans and Child Support

Tennesse now requires that the parties enter into a Parenting Plan to set out the rights and duties of each parent and their residential time with the child or children. Some judicial circuits require mediation prior to a trial on the issues of visitation and residential time. These plans are unique to each family situation and therefore must be tailored to the families needs. We have over 35 years experience in dealing with these issues.

Adoption

Adoptions are controlled by statute and the procedures must be strictly followed to insure a valid adoption. Third Party Adoptions, Step Parent Adoptions, foreign adoptions all have unique requirements. Adoptions are the most complicated legal proceedings in the family law area. Be sure that your adoption attorney is familiar with the type adoption you are purusing.

Visitation

In a divorce in the State of Tennessee where there are minor children (dependant children residing in or out of the State of Tennessee) requires that a Parenting Plan be executed between the parties.

Child Visitation is one of the areas covered by the Tennessee Parenting Plan.

In Lawrence County, Giles County, Wayne County and Maury County mediation by a neutral third party is a required step in a Tennessee divorce before a trial date will be set in the State of Tennessee on the issues of residential time (formerly known as custody in the State of Tennessee) and child visitation.

Each Tennessee divorce has a unique set of facts so you cannot necessarily predict how your divorce, child custody, child visitation and parenting plan will turn out.

In Child Custody and Child Visitation matters in the State of Tennessee there are several criteria set out by statute that the Tennessee Court must consider when granting child custody. Generally it will boil down to the best interest of the child test. What is in the best interest of the dependant child residing in the State of Tennessee under the circumstance of your Tennessee divorce?

If a child is born to unmarried parents, these issues will be decided by the Juvenile Court Judge in Tennessee rather than the Chancellor. A dependant child born out of wedlock falls under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Courts in Tennessee but the statutory criteria for awarding child custody are the same as in Chancery Court in Tennessee.