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Second DUI in Georgia? You CAN Get a Restricted License

On July 1, 2017, the Georgia Legislature updated OCGA 40-5-64.1 to allow people convicted of a second DUI within a 5-year period to get a restricted license. The new license is called an "Ignition Interlock Limited Driving Permit" and it MUST be issued by the Georgia Department of Driver Services if certain conditions are met. Below is an outline of...
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To Text or Not to Text: That is the Question

To Text or Not to Text: That is the Question             In Brown v. Brown, the Tennessee Court of Appeals recently overturned a decision from the Hamilton County Circuit Court which designated the father as the primary residential parent (“PRP”) of the parties’ one minor child. In Brown, the Court of Appeals found that the trial court abused its discretion by placing too much...
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A Child’s Preference in Tennessee Child Custody Cases

A Child’s Preference in Tennessee Custody Decisions In the recent decision Roberts v. Roberts, the Tennessee Court of Appeals addressed the issue of when a trial court must consider the reasonable preference of the child in a child custody case. Under T.C.A. § 36-6-106, the trial court shall consider all relevant factors, including the following, where applicable: (13) The reasonable...
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HELP! I Can’t Pay Alimony and I Don’t Want to Go to Jail!

HELP! I Can't Pay Alimony and I Don't Want to Go to Jail! Can Tennessee Courts Modify Alimony Obligations? On December 11, 2017, in Covarrubias v. Baker (hereafter “Baker”), the Tennessee Court of Appeals addressed, among a couple of other issues, whether alimony in Tennessee is subject to modification. Of course, Tennessee Code Annotated 36-5-121(f) deals directly with this issue and,...
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Tennessee Supreme Court to the Rescue: “Signed” vs. “Signed Personally” in Tennessee TPR Appeals

Samuel Robinson III In Re Bentley D., No. E2016-02299-SC-RDO-PT (Tenn., 2017)             On July 1, 2016, the Tennessee Legislature enacted Tennessee Code Annotated (“T.C.A.”)  36-1-124(d) which changed the way appeals of terminations of parental rights cases (“TPR”) are to be initiated. Contrary to the law prior to 7/1/16, the new code section attempts to require the appellant (as opposed to...
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Lawyers and Legal Fees

What is a lawyer?A lawyer is a professional who is an officer of the court authorized to explain and interpret the law for you, to handle legal matters, as well as to appear in court. In addition to other tasks, a lawyer’s work involves counseling, preparing legal documents and handling court proceedings; but, foremost, a lawyer is a representative and...