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March 2017 Archives

Natural Marriage Defense Act may eliminate same sex marriage

In 2015, the United States Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal all across the country with their ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. Because of this ruling, same-sex couples in every state are legally permitted to marry and have their marriages recognized by the court system. Same-sex couples are also allowed to divorce and are subject to the same divorce court procedures as other couples. However, a new bill, sponsored by Representative Mark Pody and Senator Mae Beavers, may cause same-sex family law issues in Tennessee. The bill will soon be brought in front of the House Civil Justice Subcommittee.

Common methods spouses use to hide assets

If you reflect on that day you either asked someone to marry you or accepted a proposal, you probably had nothing less than complete trust in the person with whom you decided to spend your life. Relationships have a tendency to change over time, however, and that person you once trusted may one day become your adversary. When couples are on the verge of a split, it is not uncommon for each spouse to look out for his or her own best interests, and this can lead husbands and wives to try to conceal assets from one another so that they do not have to be divided. They may attempt to do so in the following ways.

Proposed Tennessee law could affect same-sex parents

In the aftermath of the 2015 Supreme Court of the U.S. decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, many Tennessee same-sex couples may have felt vindicated, with the understanding that they would now be afforded the same right to marry and raise families as heterosexual couples. Unfortunately, in many places, there are still tendrils of state government resistant to this idea, and some representatives are acting on it.

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