I have lived and worked in Memphis since I was 8 years old.
I consider myself a Memphian and I am proud to say so. When I am not practicing law, I spend my time with my family; match pistol shooting; gourmet cooking and wood working. I am very passionate about my profession and I take pleasure in reading the law everyday.
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- 6th Circuit
- Monroe Law Firm
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- I have spent over 30 years with my own firm or its predeacesors in the active trial practice of civil and criminal law.
- University of Memphis
- J.D | Trial Practice
- Honors: Best Advocate Moot Court Best Brief Moot Court Moot Court Board
- AV rated
- Martindale Hubbell
- AV rated Since 1986
- Tennessee State Bar  # 004761
- Q. I left my husband after 25 years and we've been separated for 2 years. Would I still qualify for alimony?
- A: Your simple sounding question has a rather complex answer. The answer is, it depends. There are several kinds of alimony in Tennessee. All of them are governed by 36-5-121. the factors that the Court must consider in deciding the kind of alimony, its amount and duration, etc.are: (i) In determining whether the granting of an order for payment of support and maintenance to a party is appropriate, and in determining the nature, amount, length of term, and manner of payment, the court shall consider all relevant factors, including: (1) The relative earning capacity, obligations, needs, and financial resources of each party, including income from pension, profit sharing or retirement plans and all other sources; (2) The relative education and training of each party, the ability and opportunity of each party to secure such education and training, and the necessity of a party to secure further education and training to improve such party's earnings capacity to a reasonable level; (3) The duration of the marriage; (4) The age and mental condition of each party; (5) The physical condition of each party, including, but not limited to, physical disability or incapacity due to a chronic debilitating disease; (6) The extent to which it would be undesirable for a party to seek employment outside the home, because such party will be custodian of a minor child of the marriage; (7) The separate assets of each party, both real and personal, tangible and intangible; (8) The provisions made with regard to the marital property, as defined in § 36-4-121; (9) The standard of living of the parties established during the marriage; (10) The extent to which each party has made such tangible and intangible contributions to the marriage as monetary and homemaker contributions, and tangible and intangible contributions by a party to the education, training or increased earning power of the other party; (11) The relative fault of the parties, in cases where the court, in its discretion, deems it appropriate to do so; and (12) Such other factors, including the tax consequences to each party, as are necessary to consider the equities between the parties. The Court's decision on an award of alimony is based upon a balancing of all of these factors. while I am not trying to dodge your question, the answer is unclear without an intimate knowledge of the facts that fit into the law set forth above.
- Q. Can a 18 year old be forced to see her biological parents whom she has not seen or lived with in seven years
- A: In Tennessee, a person reaches the age of majority upon his or her eighteenth birthday. Unless the 18 year old in question is incompetent for some other reason (i.e. mental disability), then he or she is an adult and can not be forced to see her biological parents.