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Responding To False Accusations Of Paternity

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Becoming a parent should be a joyful experience, and it generally is if the child is expected. Being a parent means assuming a number of ongoing responsibilities, particularly financial obligations. It also confers important rights to parenting time and decision-making authority. Unmarried mothers seeking to obtain child support for their child will often file… Read More »

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Representing The Child’s Best Interest Tn Family Court Cases: Guardians Ad Litem

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Family law cases involving children are often some of the most complicated matters a court examines, and making the best possible decision for the child’s long-term welfare is the optimal goal. While judges would ideally like to spend all the time needed to assess and investigate a child’s needs and current living situation, limited… Read More »

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Is It A Good Idea To Have Your Child Testify In Family Court?

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

There is no avoiding the fact that divorce is hard, and those involved will often attempt to diminish or shield themselves from the pain of this new reality while the process is ongoing. Children, in particular, need protection against the negative aspects of divorce to avoid long-term detrimental effects. One of the harder parts… Read More »

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Guardianship And Divorce

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Divorce commonly arouses strong emotions that can provoke uncharacteristic behavior as an individual tries to cope with the end of his/her marriage. These momentary lapses in judgment are usually fleeting, and typically have no discernible impact on the outcome of the divorce. However, in situations where a spouse’s mental capacity is questionable or compromised,… Read More »

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How Spousal Abuse Affects The Procedure And Outcome Of Divorce

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

An integral part of any healthy marriage is the ability to trust one’s spouse to hold him/her safe when in vulnerable positions. Unfortunately, spouses that engage in abuse often exploit these vulnerable situations to reinforce control over the victim. Understanding the implications of the abusive acts, and the appropriate way to respond, are some… Read More »

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Reunification In Dependency Cases

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

When the state seizes a child from a parent based upon suspicions of neglect or abuse, the parent’s first thoughts typically concern where the child is going, and when he/she is coming home. This scenario is a parent’s worst fear, and the situation can quickly start to feel like it is outside the parent’s… Read More »

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New Approach To Divorce

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Most popular depictions of divorce do not give this process a good reputation. The spouses are routinely shown as vindictive and bent on making the divorce as difficult as possible with endless litigation, leaving children in the middle to be used as pawns. While this scenario can happen, it is by far the exception,… Read More »

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Battling for Alimony: How Courts Decide Who Pays

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

One of the realities of divorce is that the majority of former spouses will not be able to enjoy the same standard of living they experienced while married. Going from two incomes to one, or having to supplement the finances of two households, will have a significant impact on a person’s financial resources. Worrying… Read More »

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Do Stepparents Have Any Legal Rights or Responsibilities?

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

While the divorce rate has been on the decline in recent years, most people do not have to look too far to find someone whose marriage did not work out. A considerable number of these divorced individuals have young children, which can motivate some parents to seek remarriage in order to provide additional stability… Read More »

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Recent Changes to the Law on a Spouse’s Share of an Estate

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

When someone dies without an estate plan there are usually a lot of questions about what happens to his/her belongings. In many cases, this issue must be settled in court through the probate process. In practical terms, the probate process includes settling outstanding debts with creditors, collecting probate property, and distributing it to the… Read More »

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