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- Richter & Rasberry, PC
- Richter & Rasberry dissolved and Johnny Rasberry and Linely Richter have their own individual practices.
- Quinnipiac University School of Law
- J.D. (1997) | Law
- Honors: CALI Excellence for the Future Award The Dean's Award for Academic Excellence
- Tennessee State Bar # 019160
16 Questions Answered
- Q. If i don't agree on everything in the divorce papers, do I still have to sign them?
- A: As a general rule, no. But there is not enough information contained in your question to be able to provide a better answer. If what you are objecting to is a matter of law required by statute, then maybe not. It all depends on what you are objection is. You can always go to trial if the complaint was properly plead.
- Q. Do you have to pay child support in Tennessee if your right have been terminated and the kids are being adopted
- A: If your child or children are being adopted and your parental rights are being terminated, then you will not owe ongoing support. Arrearages and back support are still owed and will be collected.
- Q. My father passed away and he left a large sum of money to his sister and not to my brother and I and we are the sole air
- A: Immediately contact a wills and estate lawyer in your vicinity. There is a way to elect against a will and you will need assistance from legal counsel to see it you have a case.
- Q. My childs mother and I are in agreence on this matter... We want to terminate my rights to my biological daughter.
- A: A person in Tennessee cannot agree to have their parental rights terminated absent a Stepparent Adoption and Termination of Parental Rights case being filed with the Court.
- Q. Live in Jackson seperated but not divorced pregnant by boyfriend. If DNA test is done before birth can he go on cert.
- A: You need to do this the right way. If the dna shows that your boyfriend is indeed the father, that will not be the end of the issue. If he is the father, then he would not be lying if he is allowed to sign the birth certificate. However, there is a presumption in the law that a child during the marriage is a product of the marriage and your husband will have a legal claim to the child. The only way to bring this issue to closure is to file a petition in juvenile court to establish paternity.
- Q. are custody and divorce lawyers concerned with what is best for the client or the children ?
- A: Your wife's attorney is not your friend. That attorney has an ethical obligation to do everything possible under the law to secure for her every possible advantage. If you do not retain counsel then you are setting yourself for a very bad outcome.
- Q. Is it legal for adults (4 in household with 2 children under age of 5) to smoke inside the home? All the adults smoke.
- A: Mr. Grefseng is exactly on point. There is no law forbidding smoking in a private residence. However, a judge can determine if the exposure is harmful. This would have to be brought up in a custody (or if the effects are serious enough and proven with admissible proof) a dependent and neglect proceeding.
- Q. My abusive husband and I split 4 years ago. No divorce. I got pregnant at a party in Sep 2015. I am unsure of father.
- A: First, your boyfriend cannot lie and sign a voluntary acknowledgement of paternity, that would be a crime. If you marry your boyfriend, then a stepparent adoption and termination of parental rights can be brought, however, in some parts of the state, the courts may make you wait a year after the marriage to bring the case. You could bring an action in juvenile court to establish paternity, but that would a determination of child support would most likely also ensue. You need the help of a local family law attorney.
- Q. I recently found out my 11yr old son is not biologically mine. can my ex wife force me to sign over paternal rights?
- A: There are several questions that need to be answered before a valid answer can be given. When were you divorced? How do you know your son is not your biological son? A person in Tennessee cannot simply sign away parental rights, it takes a court order. She would have to take you to court, the putative father would have to come forward, be tested and the court would have to make a determination that it is in the best interest to have your rights terminated. I suggest you contact a seasoned family law attorney for assistance.
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