Many families in Tennessee are faced with the pressures of modern life that often lead to highly charged conflicts. When these issues cannot be resolved amicably in the home, the practice of family law is designed to reach legal solutions to a variety of domestic disputes.
Located in Spring Hill, Wilson County, Middle Tennessee, the law offices of Chadwick and Tignor, P.C. helps families throughout the middle Tennessee area resolve their most pressing challenges. We have considerable experience in a variety of family law matters including divorce, child custody and child support, adoption and paternity. We are dedicated advocates and offer families our experience, knowledge and compassion.
Not only is divorce a difficult personal transition from married life to single life, the process involves a host of complicated legal issues. Navigating these challenges requires the calm, steady hand of an experienced family law attorney. We understand that every situation is unique and we tailor solutions to suit each clients’ needs. We are well-versed in Tennessee divorce laws and help clients explore all their options so that they can move on with their lives. Please visit our FAQ page for more information.
Child Custody and Visitation
If the spouses cannot agree on child custody, the courts are required to make determinations that are in the best interests of the children. The courts may decide to award joint custody, or grant one parent primary custody and visitation to the other. Our experienced attorneys will work closely with you to reach an outcome that is mindful of your children’s best interests.
While each parent has the responsibility for the financial well being of their children, the courts ultimately make decisions about child support based on an income share method found in the Tennessee Child Support Guidelines. The objective is to reach an arrangement that is fair and equitable based on a number of factors, including:
- The gross income of each parent
- The number of days the child spends with each parent
- Whether one parent is receiving alimony or spousal support
- The educational, health and medical expenses of the children
While divorce proceedings often become contentious, there is an alternative way to resolve these disputes: mediation. This approach is designed to be more civil and cost effective and reduce the emotional and financial burden for each party. In a divorce mediation, the spouses hire a neutral mediator who works with their attorneys to reach an agreement that is fair. Ultimately, this process requires the cooperation of both parties and for each to engage in a good faith negotiation.
Adoption is a legal process in which a new relationship is created between the adoptive parent and the child. Adoptive parents are granted the same rights and responsibilities as parents of a natural child while the adopted child also has the same legal rights as a biological child. While adopting a child can be a very rewarding experience, the process is complicated and involves a number of legal and bureaucratic hurdles. With our working knowledge of the adoption laws in Tennessee, we will help you understand your rights and responsibilities as an adoptive parent and guide you through the entire process.
When a child is born to parents who were not married, questions of the biological father’s identity may be raised. At times, a mother may need to establish paternity in order to be awarded child support. Similarly, a father may seek to establish paternity in order to be granted visitation rights. Regardless of the circumstances, we help clients pursue or defend paternity actions in the Tennessee juvenile courts.
In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ushered in marriage equality by recognizing the right of same-sex couples to marry. Now, these couples also have the legal right to divorce. As this area of law evolves, these cases require the proper legal counsel that our attorneys are uniquely qualified to provide. We are dedicated to representing non-traditional families in aspects of family law.
Family Law in Tennessee is our Specialty
At the law offices of Chadwick and Tignor, P.C. we are committed to helping all families throughout the middle Tennessee area resolve their most difficult challenges with integrity and compassion. Our experienced attorneys will offer you a superior level of personal service, help you restore order to your family and give you peace of mind. Call our office today for a free consultation.