Compassionate Family Law & Divorce Attorneys in Maryville, TN
The legal help you need for family matters in Blount County and East Tennessee
Family law issues are among some of the most emotionally charged legal matters. They can be joyful, like the adoption of a child or a marriage. Or, on the other end of the spectrum, more unpleasant matters like divorce or child custody disputes. Regardless of the nature of your circumstances, you need lawyers who understand how you feel and provide the objective guidance you need to make the right choices for the future for yourself and your children.
Whether in five months or five years, you want to look back and know that you made the right choices for your family. The divorce and family law attorneys at Shepherd & Long, P.C. have more than four collective decades of experience navigating the detailed provisions of Tennessee family law legislation. We became lawyers to make a positive difference in the lives of the people we represent.
What types of family law matters does your firm handle?
Supporting people through the end of their marriage may be the most common service provided by our Maryville family law attorneys. These types of cases require legal knowledge, financial understanding and personal sensitivity. With our long and reputable history as divorce attorneys — and with Kevin Shepherd as one of the most successful divorce mediators in Blount County — we guide clients through the many issues that affect their futures, including:
Contested divorce. In a contested divorce, spouses are unable to come to agreement on issues like child custody or asset division. Often litigation is involved. We can help you with this process.
Alimony. The state of Tennessee does not guarantee alimony for either spouse. However, our divorce attorneys fight for your right to the support you need to get a fresh start.
Child custody. Tennessee law requires that the best interest of the child is considered in child custody decisions. There are various types of custody, including physical and legal. We can consult with you on your options.
Uncontested divorce. When you and your spouse can agree on all the terms of your split, an uncontested divorce can save time, money, and stress. You both agree on ending the marriage as well as the divorce agreement.
Child support. Child support is money one parent pays to the other to provide financial support for their child(ren). Typically the non-custodial parent pays support to the custodial parent.
Grandparents’ rights. We help grandparents take legal action when needed to continue the important bond with their grandchildren after divorce. We also help pursue custody when children face a dangerous situation in the home or if both parents die.
Asset division. Divorcing couples typically have a variety of assets and property to split between them. This division of property can include the home, retirement accounts, or a shared business.
Legal separation. If you and your spouse are not yet ready for divorce, legal separation may be the best solution for you. Our attorneys can help you draft a thorough separation agreement.
Prenuptial & postnuptial agreements. A prenup is a contract two people sign before getting married. It outlines how they will divide their assets in the event of a divorce. Post-nups are signed after marriage.
You can also look to the lawyers at Shepherd & Long, P.C. for assistance with:
- Protective orders and domestic violence
- Order modification
- Termination of parental rights
- Order enforcement
- Divorce mediation
- DCS removals
And, our East Tennessee family law attorneys work with clients expanding their families through adoption, including:
- Agency and DCS adoptions
- Independent and private adoptions
- International adoptions
- Step-parent and relative adoptions
We help families meet all Tennessee state requirements and ensure the process goes smoothly for everyone involved.
Contact an experienced Maryville family law attorney
Whether you need assistance with divorce or with the happy event of adopting a child, an experienced family law lawyer in Maryville can help you focus on the legal details required for a successful outcome. For more information, or to schedule a consultation with Shepherd & Long, P.C., call us at 865-982-8060 or fill out our contact form. We regularly represent clients in Madisonville, Oak Ridge, Lenoir City and throughout East Tennessee.