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Family Law Attorney in Shelby County, Tennessee

Any legal challenge is difficult. But when our loved ones are involved, it's a whole other level of stress, worry, and emotion. That's why it's important to have a trusted family law attorney by your side. 

Whether it's the dissolution of a marriage, disputes over child custody, or the division of assets, these matters are deeply personal and can significantly impact all areas of one's life. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed and uncertain about the future. During such a challenging time, the guidance and support of a compassionate and skilled family law attorney can provide much-needed reassurance and clarity. 

Located in Shelby County, Tennessee, I serve clients throughout the area with dedication and commitment. My approach is rooted in understanding your unique needs and providing personalized representation. You can count on me to stand by your side, offering clear guidance and unwavering support as we build resolutions to your legal challenges together.  

Contact my firm, Attorney Teresa D. Childress, today to schedule a free 15-minute consultation to discuss your case, rights, and options for proceeding.  

Here to Help You Through a Variety of Family Law Matters 

Family law encompasses a variety of distinct and interconnected issues. At my firm, I am equipped to handle a wide range of cases, including: 


When filing for divorce in Tennessee, it's important to be aware of the specific state requirements and procedures. One of the first steps is meeting the residency requirement—either you or your spouse must have lived in Tennessee for at least six months prior to filing.  

Tennessee recognizes both fault and no-fault grounds for divorce; no-fault grounds include irreconcilable differences or living separately for two years without minor children. Additionally, understanding the equitable distribution of property, which doesn't necessarily mean a 50/50 split, is crucial. Having knowledgeable legal guidance can significantly ease this complex process. 

Whether your divorce is contested or uncontested, my goal is to help you understand your options and make informed decisions. With clear communication and dedicated representation, I strive to minimize stress and provide the support you need during this difficult time. 

Uncontested Divorce 

An uncontested divorce occurs when both parties agree on all major issues, such as property division, child custody, and support arrangements. This type of divorce generally takes less time and is less expensive than a contested divorce. However, it's still essential to have legal representation to ensure that your interests are protected and that all paperwork is filed correctly. 

I will work with you to ensure that all paperwork is properly completed and filed, helping to facilitate a smooth and efficient resolution. My focus is on protecting your interests while promoting amicable solutions. 

Child Custody & Visitation 

Child custody matters can be some of the most emotionally charged aspects of family law—and for good reason. As a parent, you want the best for your child. In Tennessee, courts encourage parents to work together to create a parenting plan that is in the best interests of their child.  

I approach these cases with sensitivity and a commitment to achieving favorable outcomes that prioritize your children's short- and long-term needs. Whether through negotiation or litigation, I will advocate for your parental rights and seek to establish custody arrangements that promote stability and well-being for your family unit. 

I also assist in creating child visitation schedules that foster meaningful contact and continuity. By focusing on your children's needs and upholding your parental rights, I aim to develop workable visitation arrangements that benefit all parties involved. 

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Child Support 

Tennessee child support laws aim to ensure that children receive adequate financial support from both parents. The state uses an Income Shares Model to calculate child support, which considers the income of both parents and the needs of the child.  

It's important to note that child support obligations can cover a range of expenses beyond basic needs, including healthcare and educational costs. Understanding how these calculations work and what factors are considered can help you prepare before contacting an attorney to discuss your specific situation. 

Every family dynamic is different. Whether you're going through a divorce or separation or have a child with someone whom you're not married to, the well-being of your children is paramount. I will work diligently to establish fair and adequate child support arrangements that reflect the best interests of your children.  

Asset Division 

Tennessee is an equitable distribution state, which means that assets are divided fairly but not necessarily equally. The court will look at factors such as the length of the marriage, each party's contributions to the marriage, and their earning potential when determining how property should be divided. 

As your representation, my goal is to achieve a fair division that respects your contributions and secures your financial future. I will help you protect what's rightfully yours by advocating for all relevant factors to be taken into account.  

Obtain the Support You Deserve With Attorney Teresa D. Childress 

At my firm, the client always comes first. I am committed to understanding the results you want and helping you understand the actions we can take on your behalf. I will work with you every step of the way to ensure you understand the choices you are making and feel empowered to make them. 

You can face any legal issue head-on with accurate representation from a qualified personal attorney. I am focused and driven to minimize or eliminate any potential legal situations that you may encounter. Regardless of whether you're on the side of the prosecution or the defense, you can rest assured that I'm on your side, armed with the information, experience, and resources to give you the best opportunity to succeed. 

No matter the circumstances, I will treat you with respect. My consistent track record of uncompromising ethics instills confidence and trust in my clients. Set up a consultation today to discuss how I can assist you with your family law matters. 

Family Law FAQ 

The following covers some common questions my clients approach me with regarding my services and other family law matters. Feel free to review before you reach out to schedule a meeting with me: 

Can child custody and support orders be modified later on? 

Yes. Over time, circumstances may change that necessitate a modification of the existing child custody agreement. In Tennessee, in order to modify a child custody arrangement, you must show that there has been a material change in circumstances since the last order was made.  

This could include factors such as a parent's relocation, changes in the child's needs, or changes in a parent's ability to provide care. It's key to seek the assistance of a family law attorney to help you gather the necessary evidence and present a compelling case to the court. 

What should I do if I suspect my former spouse is violating our court orders? 

If you believe that your former spouse is violating court orders regarding custody, visitation, or support, it is important to document each instance of the violation. Keeping detailed records will be crucial in presenting your case to the court.  

A family law attorney can assist you in filing a motion for contempt or enforcement, which legally compels the other party to comply with the court's orders. The attorney will also advise you on the appropriate steps to protect your rights and ensure compliance moving forward. 

Can grandparents obtain visitation rights? 

Yes. Grandparents may seek visitation rights under specific conditions in Tennessee, particularly if it is in the best interests of the child. These conditions can include instances where the child's parents are divorced, where one of the parents is deceased, or if the child has lived with the grandparent for a period of time.  

As your family lawyer, I'll guide you through the legal requirements and help you petition the court for visitation rights, ensuring your efforts are aligned with the state's legal framework. 

What can I expect during my initial consultation? 

During your initial consultation with a family law attorney, you will have the opportunity to discuss your specific legal issues, goals, and concerns. In your meeting with me, I will listen to your circumstances, provide an overview of your legal options, and outline potential strategies for your case.  

This consultation is also an excellent time to ask questions about my experience, approach, and fees. The goal is to ensure that you feel informed, supported, and confident in moving forward with legal representation tailored to your needs. 

Family Law Attorney in Shelby County, Tennessee 

Located in Shelby County, Tennessee, I strive to achieve favorable outcomes for my clients while prioritizing their well-being every step of the way. Whether you need help with divorce, child custody or support arrangements, visitation schedules, or asset division, I am here to advocate for your best interests and protect what matters most to you. Contact my firm today to schedule a consultation and learn how I can help you protect what matters most.