John Steven Anderson’s Answers

John Steven Anderson

Memphis Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

Contributor Level 8
  1. Divorce - Inappropriate martial conduct

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. John Steven Anderson
    2. David Lane Dothard
    3. Rebecca Garren Parker
    4. Ruchee Janardan Patel
    4 lawyer answers

    The quick answer to your question is: Yes, the judge will probably grant your wife a divorce on the grounds of inappropriate marital conduct. The truth is, judges in Shelby County will grant a divorce for almost any reason.

    Selected as best answer

  2. When can a mother's rights be terminated in the state of TN?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. John Steven Anderson
    2. Angelina Maria Monte Zinn
    2 lawyer answers

    In Tennessee, grounds exist to terminate parental rights if a parent willfully fails to visit, support or make reasonable payments toward the support of a child for a period of 4 consecutive months prior to the filing of the proceeding to terminate the parental rights.

    Selected as best answer

  3. What type of divorce do I need to file?

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. John Steven Anderson
    2. Luke A Shipley
    3. David Alexander Browde
    3 lawyer answers

    You can file the divorce papers asking for a divorce on the grounds of Irreconcilable Differences (an uncontested divorce) and on other grounds (Inappropriate Marital Conduct, etc). That way, if your husband does not cooperate by allowing you to take the divorce on Irreconcilable Differences, you can take it on the other grounds listed in the divorce papers.

    2 lawyers agreed with this answer

  4. Can I sue to get allowance from my husband in TN.

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. John Steven Anderson
    3. Anne Elizabeth Johnson Mead
    3 lawyer answers

    If you want to sue your husband for divorce, you may be able to get alimony (which might be considered a form of "allowance"). However, I do not believe that a court can simply make him give you money as an allowance. It can be very dangerous for someone in your position not to know what goes on with the family finances. You may not need to look at divorce, but you almost certainly need to try to open up communication with your husband regarding family finances and access to family money. you...

    2 lawyers agreed with this answer

  5. Change an stipulation

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. John Steven Anderson
    1 lawyer answer

    You can try and change it, but the longer you wait the fewer options you have.

    1 lawyer agreed with this answer

  6. How do I have my son's last name changed from my ex's name to his biological father's name?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. John Steven Anderson
    1 lawyer answer

    You can do a name change in either Chancery, Circuit or Probate Court in Shelby County. They are all in the same building downtown. Probate is probably the most "user friendly" court for this type of matter. Most folks can do this without the help of a lawyer, but it is easier (although a lot more expensive) if you use one. You might try to simply call the Probate Court Clerk office and ask to speak to someone about doing a Minor's Name Change, and take it from there.

    1 lawyer agreed with this answer

  7. How do I go about getting legal custody of my 16 year old who has been living with me for 6 months now?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. John Steven Anderson
    1 lawyer answer

    You need to file a petition to change custody. If the divorce was granted in Tennessee, our law will apply and you should be able to get a change of custody based on what you have stated. You may also be able to get your alimony obligation reduced or stopped based on the fact that your ex is living with someone else.

    1 person marked this answer as helpful

  8. Been married for 31/2 years w/no children/no shared property and want divorce, does she get any assets acquired before marriage?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. John Steven Anderson
    2. Jenn Yan Wen Fei
    2 lawyer answers

    If the value of your business (or other asset) increased during the marriage, it is possible that she may be entitled to a portion of the increase. For example, if the business was worth $500,000 at the date of your marriage and is worth $600,000 today, she may be entitled to a portion of the $100,000 increase. It is not automatic by any means.The decisive factor will be whether or not she did anything that substantially contributed to the increase in the value of the business. Also, the short...

    2 lawyers agreed with this answer

  9. How to get 51/49 custody

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. John Steven Anderson
    1 lawyer answer

    You need to hire a lawyer and have them file a petition to modify the current custody arrangement and give you the right to enroll the child in school in your district.

  10. My daughter is not mine but my name is on birthcertificate. Do I have any rights?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. John Steven Anderson
    1 lawyer answer

    If you were married at the time of the birth, the child is presumed to be yours. The most common way to overcome that presumption is by DNA test. Unless you have submitted to one, there is no basis for removing your name from the birth certificate. A court will generally not hear your wife's request to remove your name unless a natural father is asking to be declared the father.