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Mary Elizabeth Yarbrough

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  • Can you recommend a divorce attorney in Shelby County, TN, who offers initial free consultation?

    Filing for a divorce.

    Mary’s Answer

    This forum is for legal questions and answers and not recommendations. However you can use this site to search for lawyers in Shelby County and then read reviews and peer endorsements to help you narrow your search.
    Good luck.

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  • How can you help me get some rights to my son?

    In 2014, my wife and I had a period of separation. During that time, I ended up getting someone else pregnant and my wife pregnant around the time my wife and I got back together. I have a 3 yr old and an 11 month old with my wife. I also have a 1...

    Mary’s Answer

    You need to immediately file a petition to establish paternity and to request parenting time. You should see an attorney ASAP to help you gather evidence of your attempts to visit the child and support him if you have made such attempts. The previous response is correct. Time is of the essence and you are in danger of having your rights terminated. Act now!

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  • Do I pay child support until he is 18 or until he is out of high school

    My son is 18 and has 1 more year of high school.

    Mary’s Answer

    Ms. Crawford is exactly correct. If the child has a severe disability or illness the support can be extended but this is unusual.

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  • Can my ex take my child out of state for vacation without notifying me?

    Trying to keep details as pertinent and brief as possible. Never married, no parenting plan or custody order. My Son's sister is the one who informed us today (Saturday) that he was going to take him out of state without telling us when he picks h...

    Mary’s Answer

    Absent an order to the contrary he is only required to use good parental judgment and look after your son properly and in keeping with his best interests. Some would argue that failing to communicate with you doesn't show good judgment but he isn't breaking the law. You may want to see an attorney about formalizing your custody arrangements with an order that sets forth parameters for each of you. That can help everyone to know what is expected and can provide needed consistency.

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  • I would like to find out how to get a cheap divorce. We have been separated for 10 yrs. Non contested, no children.

    Husband refuses to help me pay for it.

    Mary’s Answer

    First, many attorneys offer (relatively) inexpensive uncontested divorce services. However, uncontested means that ALL issues relating to finances are agreed upon, not just the issue of whether or not to divorce.
    You should consider that "cheap" can end up being more expensive in the long run when it comes to divorce representation. An inexperienced attorney may charge a lower hourly rate but they may be less effective. You would not seek out a "cheap" doctor for a potentially serious medical condition and you should consider expertise and quality in choosing counsel, as well as the fee structure.
    Good luck.

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  • Decision Making in a high-conflict divorce

    I am trying to negotiate a settlement with my soon-to-be-ex. During our marriage. He was very abusive & controlling towards me, he dissipated all our assets, sent assets overseas & left overseas, abandoning me & our 3 children. Now he is ...

    Mary’s Answer

    This sounds like a complicated case with a lot of factual information that needs to be considered. I doubt this is a sufficient forum for this type of advice and I urge you to take this question to your own lawyer. If you don't have a lawyer please retain one before you finalize this divorce settlement.
    Good luck.

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  • How do I get full custody?

    The mother wants to put child support on me just out of greed to pay her own bills and she is in no suitable to be the primary caregiver. I want to change that and provide something better for my daughter.

    Mary’s Answer

    I think if you are not already providing child support to the mother, and did not try to get custody prior to child support being requested, then you run the risk that the Court may see your petition as retaliatory, and even vindictive. If the mother is unfit and you were not trying to parent your child, or help the mother, or seek a legal remedy, prior to the request for support, then it may appear to the Court that your motives are purely financial. That said, I recommend you hire a lawyer to discuss your issues.

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  • How do I move out of state with my child while sharing joint custody with my ex? This is uncontested.

    We need to change our parenting plan, because we're not flying cross-country every week.

    Mary’s Answer

    See a lawyer immediately to make sure you are providing appropriate notice and to help you modify your parenting plan. This is a potentially complicated area. If the two of you agree on all aspects of the new schedule it can be done by consent, for a lot less money than if you must have a judge decide on the new schedule.

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  • I filed for a divorce in VA our home he was to live in but keep up house payments but didnt house foreclosed last year

    how do i go about getting my part of the money my now X husband owes me in from the was to be a sale of our house and its value at the time of separation he lived there for 3 years free not making one payment and i just found out that there is a ...

    Mary’s Answer

    You need to pursue help in they state where this relief was ordered.

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  • I think my marriage is able to be saved. Can I tell the judge?

    I think my marriage is able to be saved. Can I tell the judge and them order consoling?

    Mary’s Answer

    If you are proceeding on the basis of irreconcilable differences, otherwise known as an uncontested divorce, then you may be able to ask the court to enter an order of reconciliation if your spouse agrees. In my experience it is unlikely that the court will order the parties to marriage counseling, however the court will usually suspend divorce proceedings in order to provide time for the parties to reconcile their marital differences with the help of counseling. Again it is likely that your spouse will need to agree to this. You should speak to your attorney about your options and how to proceed. Good luck.

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