Since the U.S. Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal in every state last year, some lawmakers, judges and administrators in states where it wasn't previously legal have gone to what many would consider extreme measures in protest of the ruling. Some of these actions have impacted not only gay couples seeking to marry or divorce, but straight couples as well.
The amount initially ordered to be paid in child support is not necessarily the amount that will be paid for as long as the child is a minor. There are cases where the support order can be modified. Some reasons for doing this include:
For Tennessee residents going through a divorce, it may be comforting to know that you are far from alone. Although our state prides itself on its "traditional" values, the fact is that we have a higher divorce rate than many other states.
When we think about traumatic events in a child's life that can impact them permanently, many people don't consider divorce. However, a group of Tennessee officials recently met with community leaders to show them how adverse childhood experiences, known as ACEs, can actually rewire a developing brain.
No matter how much you expect that your marriage is ending, there is often a big emotional upheaval when the time comes to file for divorce. That emotional upheaval is often greater if the divorce was unexpected. Anyone who is going through a divorce should make sure that they take the proper actions to ensure that their emotional health remains intact throughout the divorce.
While much has been made about same-sex divorce after the Supreme Court made the landmark ruling that same-sex marriage would be legal in all states, it's also having some unanticipated effects on straight couples. One such example occurred in Tennessee just a couple of weeks ago when one judge refused to allow a straight couple to divorce.
Deciding to file for a divorce is an emotional decision. As we discussed last week, women file for divorce more often than men. Oftentimes, the decision to file for a divorce comes only after the couple has tried everything they can to salvage the marriage.
While data as far back as the 1940s has shown that women are more likely than men to file for divorce, a recent student presented by a Stanford University professor indicates that it may be for a different reason than most have thought. Previously, researchers assumed that women were more likely to initiate a breakup in any relationship because they were reportedly more sensitive to relationship problems.
While in some cases, an ordered child support amount may stay the same from the time of the order to when the child ages out, there are some circumstances under which the order would need to be modified. In general, either party may request to have the child support order reviewed to see if there are grounds for modification every two years, but if there is a significant change in income before the two years are up, either party may be able to petition sooner.
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex couples can get married in any state, many are headed to the altar to finally legalize their unions. However, others are heading for divorce court. Because same-sex marriage was not recognized in all the states, a couple who was legally wed in a state that did allow same-sex marriage faced difficulty getting a divorce in a state that did not recognize the unions.