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What to know about custody rights

Ideally, divorced parents in Tennessee would be able to raise their children without the need for judicial intervention. However, this is not always the case. When parents are in the midst of a custody or visitation dispute, it is important to keep the child's best interest in mind. A kid should feel safe and loved by the adults who are tasked with guiding the young person to adulthood.

When parents fight with each other, they could risk losing out on a relationship with their children. Therefore, it may be best for adults to choose their battles and not fight over petty or trivial matters. If a parent is struggling to have their voice heard during informal talks, there is no reason why they shouldn't take a case to court. This can be an effective way to establish and preserve a healthy and long-lasting relationship with a child.

Preparing now for changes in the tax law

January 1, 2019 ushered in a change in alimony tax rules that affected many Tennessee residents. These old alimony tax rules had been in force for more than seven decades.

Prior to the start of 2019, the law stated that alimony payments could be deducted by the individual who paid them, and the individual who received them would be taxed. As of 2019, that changed. Individuals working in the financial field, as well as those working with divorce law, may experience an uptick in their work as individuals attempt to divorce and come up with an agreement prior to the end of the year.

Bankruptcy refilings have different waiting periods

One question in bankruptcy law is about filing for bankruptcy again. The federal Bankruptcy Code sets forth time period rules that apply to filers in Tennessee and across the country. When a person has previously filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, for example, and received a discharge, he or she must wait at least eight years from the date of the previous filing before beginning another Chapter 7.

The time periods petitioners are required to wait vary based on the types of bankruptcy they are moving from and to. A person who has had a Chapter 13 case discharged and closed can immediately file another Chapter 13. For people who have had a Chapter 7 bankruptcy successfully discharged and who are considering filing for Chapter 13, the waiting period is four years after the date the Chapter 7 was filed. This combination is sometimes referred to as a Chapter 20 bankruptcy.

Should you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy?

If you are struggling with the decision to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you are not alone. Over 450,000 individuals filed for Chapter 7 last year, and they have all been where you are: overwhelmed by debt and not sure what to do next. Chapter 7 is the most popular type of consumer bankruptcy. Here are a few factors to help you decide if Chapter 7 is the right option for you:

Avoiding common credit card mistakes

From holiday shopping to everyday expenses, people use credit cards for a wide range of things. When it comes to credit card use, there are many mistakes people can fall into. Avoiding credit card mistakes is important, as such missteps could leave a person more likely to face significant financial difficulties, such as crushing debt. Today, we’ll go over some common credit card mistakes to watch out for.

Tennessee round-up yields 34 arrested for drug charges

A small Tennessee town held a big round-up last week. Numerous law enforcement offices as well as the U.S. Postal Service worked together to conduct the arrests. A startling 34 arrests were made, which is quite impressive considering the town has a population of less than 6,000 individuals. The defendants were arrested on a variety of drug charges. 

Man faces drug charges after allegedly exposing himself

Sometimes, a simple trip to the store can take a strange turn. That's what happened to shoppers at a Tennessee Walmart who got an unusual "goodbye" as they left the store's parking lot last Friday evening. According to reports, police were called after receiving complaints that a man was exposing himself to cars exiting the store's parking lot. The man now faces drug charges. 

Two charged after theft of hundreds of guns from UPS in Tennessee

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been busy recently investigating one of the largest incidents of gun theft it has ever worked. Reportedly, 367 guns were taken from a Tennessee UPS facility on a Sunday. The guns had been shipped from their manufacturing center and were at a UPS distribution facility in Memphis when, according to the authorities, the theft occurred. The stolen firearms were .22 caliber and .380 caliber Ruger guns. 

4 travelers in Tennessee face drug charges

The majority of arrests that happen in any community are the arrests of local residents. There are times, however, when people find themselves facing legal trouble far from home. That is the case with four men who were traveling through Tennessee this week and are now facing drug charges.

Four men were traveling south and had stopped at a Tennessee hotel to spend the night. That evening, someone apparently reported the smell of marijuana coming from the men's room, so police arrived and entered the men's room. Inside, the officers reportedly found a pound of marijuana.

Student charged with juvenile crimes after school threat

Words matter, and in this day and age, some words carry significant power. A celebrity may find an entire career destroyed with one poor word choice. Employees may find themselves out of work after telling an ill-advised joke. A Tennessee teen is learning that the words he used to play a prank have led to charges of juvenile crimes.

The 17-year-old student was arrested this week after an investigation that began when someone came across a social media post that stated the anonymous poster's intentions to kill people at a specific high school. The post apparently gave details, such as the city, state and time of day of the planned attack. When the principal accessed the post, he reportedly found that the poster had deleted it and replaced it with a message that indicated a group of five were plotting to kill many people at the high school.

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