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Family law in Tennessee: Stopping child support payments

Some parents who have applied for child support from the other parent change their minds and no longer wish to receive it. In such cases in Tennessee, family law rules apply. Although a court may have mandated those payments in the child's best interests, a parent may feel otherwise. But having payments stopped cold turkey may not be as easy as all that.

There are a number of reasons one or both parents petition the court to stop child support payments. It could be that the parents have reconciled or that a financial situation of the payee or payor has changed. In any case, if there is a valid reason behind wanting the payments halted, there are ways to go about it.

Criminal defense: Tennessee man facing aggravated robbery charge

A 58-year-old Tennessee man could be facing years behind bars for the aggravated robbery of a bank. The Johnson City resident allegedly admitted to robbing a bank at gunpoint and as a result could spend the next 25 years in prison. The man, who is in federal custody, is also up against a seven-year to life sentence for a firearms charge.

Police say they recognized the suspect vehicle at a traffic stop. However, the car was being driven by a woman with whom the accused was living. The woman allegedly told the police officer that the accused admitted to her that he had robbed a bank earlier that day. Police arrested the suspect at his residence. During a search of the property, police report that they found a .45 caliber firearm.

Preventing possession charges from taking control of your future

Facing allegations of drug possession can be a stressful and harrowing experience, and a conviction for similar offenses could have a devastating impact on your life. If you stand accused of possession, you might be preparing to challenge the charges and protect your future, but the process can be intimidating.

Without previous experience in the area, you may feel you lack the legal knowledge to know how best to approach the situation. Fortunately, this isn't something you must go through alone, and it might even be in your best interests to seek guidance early in the process.

Tennessee man facing vehicular homicide, DUI charges after crash

A 32-year-old Tennessee man is facing numerous charges after the vehicle he was driving slammed into another vehicle, claiming the life of a 65-year-old man. In addition to being charged with DUI, the Friendsville resident has been charged with possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and vehicular homicide. There were three vehicles involved in the crash, but no one in the third vehicle was injured.

According to police, the accused was driving south on a busy highway when his SUV apparently went off the road. The vehicle veered onto the embankment where it collided with a car heading east. It was this vehicle the now deceased man was driving. 

Criminal defense: Tennessee man charged with multiple robberies

A 24-year-old Tennessee man has been charged with three counts of bank robbery and has already been indicted by a federal grand jury. The man, who comes from Murfreesboro, will need a strong criminal defense to fight the charges. He is accused of robbing several banks in Nashville and Clarksville. 

Cops figured the accused as a suspect after he purportedly matched the description in multiple robbery incidents. Apparently, he allegedly would approach a teller with a note that demanded money. Authorities did not say if a weapon was involved on these occasions. The authorities say he would flee on foot after getting an undisclosed amount of cash.

A 2nd DUI can have serious ramifications

Driving under the influence in Tennessee is a serious offense. Being arrested and charged with a second second DUI may bring with it potentially serious ramifications. Law enforcement claims that a person was recently found slumped over the steering wheel of a car in the Towne Crossing Theater parking lot in Greeneville.

The man was reportedly found with a cap to a syringe, multiple pills and cans that contained an unknown substance. When the man was awakened and taken out of the car, additional pills and syringes were allegedly discovered. Upon further investigation, it was apparently found that the man's driver's license was suspended and that he had no proof of insurance for his vehicle. He also had an outstanding warrant for a failure to appear in Greene County Court.

Motor vehicle accidents: 1 man dead, another injured in crash

A 52-year-old man who failed to signal for a turn is dead after a two-car crash. The Tennessee Highway Patrol said the victim, from Hawkins County, failed to yield the right of way, which caused the crash. He was headed south when a truck driving north struck his vehicle. The 33-year-old driver of the truck was taken to hospital and treated for injuries.

The truck hit the car in the driver's side door. Police said the victim wasn't wearing a seat belt, but it wouldn't have made a difference in the outcome of the crash. There were no passengers in either vehicle. 

What are field sobriety tests and do you have to take them?

Having your vehicle stopped by a police officer can immediately cause anxiety and adrenaline to course through your body. You certainly want to make sure you remain respectful and adhere to the law during the duration of your stop. However, it is also important that you understand your rights.

In particular, you may have concerns if an officer suspects you of driving while impaired. You may know that you did not drink enough to become intoxicated or possibly did not even drink at all. Still, the officer may ask you to step out of the vehicle to perform standardized field sobriety tests. At this request, you mind may begin reeling, especially if you do not know what to expect.

Teen killed, 3 injured in DUI-related crash in Tennessee

A 13-year-old girl was killed and three others injured recently in a two-vehicle crash. A 43-year-old Tennessee man is facing DUI charges after he ploughed into a car that was on the side of the highway because of a flat tire. The occupants were heading out to dinner. The driver and two other children in the car were hurt, but not seriously.

Police said witnesses to the crash indicated that the accused was initially swerving in and out of different lanes on the highway, eventually crashing into the car on the side of the road. The impact pushed the car into a nearby utility pole. Police claim they found a pint of vodka and open beer cans in the vehicle of the accused.

Family law in Tennessee: When co-parenting styles differ

The reasons people get divorced are many, but its stands to reason that some of the problems may stem from differing opinions on different issues. When a Tennessee couple has kids, it may be that they have different parenting styles, which also could have been a bone of contention and may continue to be, even though they are divorced. There are tools under the family law umbrella that can help parents come together to co-parent in a way that serves the best interests of their children.

Kids have a way of working their parents. And when those parents don't live under the same roof, things may get a bit tense when it comes to agreeing on things like discipline, what kids should eat -- queue junk food -- and even their kids' fashion. But there are times when parents have to let go and not sweat the small stuff. In the giant scheme of things, how important is it that one parent allows kids to have a soda every once in a while and the other doesn't? Different doesn't always equal bad.

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