Columbia, Tennessee Family Lawyers

Michelle Blaylock-Howser
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Murfreesboro, TN Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(615) 895-0030 6 North Public Square
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Nashville School of Law
Michelle Blaylock-Howser has been involved in the judicial system for over 12 years. She began her legal career with the law firm of Agee, Allen, Godwin, Morris and Laurenzi where she was paralegal to partner Lynn Agee and Susan Bradley. In 1998, she became employed as paralegal with the law office of Wilson and Bradley in the area of employment and personal injury law. In 1999, She accepted employment as a Judicial Assistant for the State of Tennessee under the Honorable Judge Don R. Ash and Honorable Judge J. Mark Rogers for 8 years. She worked full-time...
Marcus Shute Jr
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Nashville, TN Family Law Attorney with 4 years experience
(615) 953-4971 315 Deaderick Street
STE 1550-164
Nashville, TN 37238
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Cannabis Law and Entertainment & Sports
Nashville School of Law
Shute Law is a boutique law firm that utilizes a client-focused approach to create opportunities and procure sustainable contracts in the sports and entertainment industries. Our practice areas include contracts, litigation, consulting/business development, the cannabis & marijuana industry, as well as estate planning, criminal defense, and family law.
John M. Milazo
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Franklin, TN Family Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(615) 599-7719 Milazo Law, P.C.
109 Cleburne Street
Franklin, TN 37064
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Mississippi
John M. Milazo has been practicing primarily in the area of Divorce, Family Law and Criminal Defense since July of 1999. If you are going through a Divorce, Child Custody or Post Divorce modification; or if you have been charged with a crime John Milazo and his staff can help you through the legal process. Both Contested and Uncontested Divorces are handled professionally and with personal care and attention to detail. Aggressive and Passionate legal representation can be expected from this firm.
Paul E. Tennison
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Brentwood, TN Family Law Lawyer with 1 year experience
(615) 490-6020 750 Old Hickory Blvd
Building Two #202
Brentwood, TN 37027
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Military
Vanderbilt University Law School
Paul E. Tennison has significant experience in the U.S. Army and international experience. Paul's legal background affords him unique inside into many issues confronting his clients. Paul represents clients in a broad range of complex legal matters. Paul has experience working in cases involving military law, defamation, intellectual property, family law,contested divorces, business disputes, wills, trusts, and probate.

Paul's extensive military experience includes four years at West Point, five years on Active Duty in Korea and Germany and four years as an officer in the Tennessee Army National Guard including a deployment to Poland. Paul honed his attention to detail and...
Matt Potempa
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Nashville, TN Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(615) 800-7096 2122 21st Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212
Family, Elder, Estate Planning and Probate
University of Arkansas - Little Rock
Mark T. Freeman
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Nashville, TN Family Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(615) 298-7272 2126 21st Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212
Family, Business, Divorce and Landlord Tenant
University of Tennessee College of Law
Mark Freeman is a board certified Civil Trial Specialist with almost 20 years of litigation experience located in the heart of Nashville Tennessee. He has tried nearly one hundred jury cases both in State and Federal Court in Middle Tennessee. Mark Freeman is a litigator who concentrates his practice in the areas of civil litigation, criminal defense, personal injury, domestic and family law matters. Additionally he is a chartered property casualty underwriter which is a designation indicating specialization in the insurance field.

Mark Freeman graduated from Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee School of Law. Client satisfaction is his number...
Jess Morgan
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Nashville, TN Family Law Attorney with 2 years experience
(615) 997-3741 116 29th Avenue S.
Nashville, TN 37212
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Juvenile
Belmont University College of Law
As a graduate of Belmont Univeristy College of Law, I was always taught to invest in our communities. Supporting families in times of need directly influences society and builds a better Nashville. I understand that not all families are the same; it is my goal to develop individualized approaches based on each client’s unique needs. When faced with cookie-cutter statutes, I use my background in business to find creative solutions for my clients.

I provide quality representation in an array of practice areas, including: adoption, divorce, child custody, child support, cohabitation agreements, guardianship, grandparent visitation, wills, and pre-nuptial agreements.
Ryan C. Davis
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Nashville, TN Family Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
(615) 649-0110 1230 2nd Ave S
Nashville, TN 37210
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Estate Planning
Nashville School of Law
A graduate of the Nashville School of Law and Middle Tennessee State University, Ryan is committed to helping individuals in Nashville and Middle Tennessee when the going gets tough. No one wants to need a criminal defense, DUI, or divorce attorney. But sometimes good people find themselves in bad situations. In those times, you want someone in your corner who is empathetic, passionate, and can vigorously advocate on your behalf. Ryan embodies these characteristics, and strives not only for favorable outcomes, but also to make the entire legal process as painless as possible.
Whitney Harrington
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Franklin, TN Family Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(615) 716-8220 204 Fourth Ave s
Franklin, TN 37064
Family and Arbitration & Mediation
University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
Ms. Harrington strives to preserve civility and respect during the divorce process. She educates her clients about the legal process, working closely with them to ensure they understand their options and rights so to empower them in making the best decisions for the future health of their family. Her goal is to serve each client individually, and find real-life workable solutions for the families she serves, realizing that a marriage might be over but a family still stands. Ms. Harrington has extensive trial and courtroom experience, but understands that the best approach sometimes requires taking the decision-making power out...
Jesse Lords
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Nashville, TN Family Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(615) 418-9814 222 2nd Ave. N.
Suite 416
Nashville, TN 37201
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal and Probate
University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
I grew up in a military family, moving often, until settling in Pensacola Florida for the majority of my youth. On September 18, 2001 I decided to join the Army. I completed my basic training at Ft. Benning Georgia and my military job training at Ft. Gordon Georgia. Following military school, I was stationed at Ft. Campbell Kentucky in 2002. While serving I was deployed to Iraq twice, once in 2003 and again in 2005. While on my second deployment I decided that I wanted to get out of the military, go to school, and become an attorney. Upon returning...
Jacob Thomas Thorington
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Franklin, TN Family Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(615) 790-0982 109 Jennings St.
Franklin, TN 37064
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
University of Saint Thomas
I work exclusively on family law cases, including divorce cases, paternity cases, and post divorce issues such as alimony modification, child support modification, parenting schedule modifications, and enforcement of divorce decrees
Michael Kerr Walker
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Nashville, TN Family Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(615) 485-3065 341 Harrison St.
Nashville, TN 37219
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Walker Law provides legal services in Criminal Defense, Divorce, and Personal Injury Law in Davidson and surrounding counties in the middle Tennessee area. We are conveniently located in downtown Nashville, a couple of blocks from both General Sessions and Circuit Court. We give free consultations over the phone or by appointment. We handle misdemeanor and felony criminal cases, Uncontested, Contested, and Default Divorces, DUI, Traffic Violations, Personal Injury, Expungements, Background Checks, Driving While Impaired, Reckless Driving, Theft, Robbery, Burglary, Simple Possession, Felony Drug Offenses, Probation Violations, Prostitution, Vandalism, Evading Arrest, Resisting Arrest, Assault, and many other...
T. Leigh Hearn-Rushton
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Nashville, TN Family Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(615) 815-9967 102 Woodmont Blvd., Suite 230
Nashville, TN 37205
Free ConsultationFamily, Consumer, Divorce and Probate
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
Described as caring but “tenacious” by clients, T. Leigh is a driven legal professional with an ability to educate her clients about their case along with the dedication required to deliver results. T. Leigh enjoys being part of the process of "making it right" and helping her clients have their opportunity to be heard and stand up for themselves.

T. Leigh's practice is focused on Fraud, Contracts and Family Law.

T. Leigh is a graduate of Auburn University and earned her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Cumberland School of Law in 1996. She is licensed to practice law in Alabama (1996)...
Irwin Jacobs Kuhn
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Nashville, TN Family Law Lawyer with 35 years experience
(615) 321-5659 210 25th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37203
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Connie Reguli
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Brentwood, TN Family Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(615) 661-0122 1646 Westgate Circle Ste 101
Brentwood, TN 37027
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Nashville School of Law
CONNIE REGULI is a mother, a grandmother, an attorney, a business owner, AND an advocate for change. Her law career started as a prosecutor of domestic violence and child abuse. In this capacity, she learned the tragic consequences of physical and emotional abuse in the intimate sphere of family relationships.
For over twenty years she has had a private practice defending the rights of parenting, families, and children against the intrusive interference of government entities. Her published case of Andrews v. Hickman County has been quoted many times as the Sixth Circuit’s clarification that the...
Lisa Millican Ewing
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Nashville, TN Family Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(615) 244-1582 222 Second Avenue North
Suite 419
Nashville, TN 37201
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Nashville School of Law
Lisa Millican Ewing is Of Counsel for McCarthy Law PLC in the Nashville, Tennessee office. She grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and graduated from the Fogelman College of Business at the University of Memphis, magna cum laude, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration with an accounting major. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Nashville School of Law graduating in the top 10% of her law school class
Prior to pursuing a career in law, Lisa founded the medical practice management and medical billing firm, MedAccounts, Inc. Upon graduation from law school, she established Ewing Law Office LLC and where...
Jon Daniel Long
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Nashville, TN Family Law Lawyer
(615) 386-0075 302 42nd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37209
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, Construction and Estate Planning
Nashville School of Law
Long, Burnett, and Johnson, PLLC, is an experienced team of Nashville bankruptcy lawyers dedicated to helping clients find real, long term solutions to financial problems. We do more than just complete the necessary court forms and stand for clients in court; we understand that the best bankruptcy attorney in Nashville is one who educates people on how to improve their lives. Of course a Nashville bankruptcy is a serious matter. However, it does not have to be a wholly negative affair. This could be a chance to start over anew. Some people come out of the proceedings much better...
Byron L. Pugh
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Nashville, TN Family Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(615) 255-9595 214 2nd Ave N
#206A
Nashville, TN 37201
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Byron Pugh is a criminal defense and family law attorney in Nashville, Tennessee. Byron represents individuals who are charged with a crime, the subject of a criminal investigation, seeking a divorce or engaged in a child custody dispute. He serves clients throughout Middle Tennessee including Williamson, Davidson, Rutherford and Sumner counties.

Byron began his legal career in the courtroom as an Assistant District Attorney in Davidson County. He was first assigned to the domestic violence team where he prosecuted domestic assault, stalking and harassment cases. There he earned a reputation as a dedicated and effective advocate for domestic violence victims. Byron...
Roland T. Hairston II
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Nashville, TN Family Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(615) 428-7345 615 Main St, #104-A
Nashville, TN 37206
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Probate
Nashville School of Law
Every day, Roland T. Hairston, II helps individuals and families find resolution to their legal issues so that they can focus on their everyday lives. Literally, hundreds of individuals and families have benefited from Mr. Hairston’s services. Mr. Hairston graduated from the Nashville School of Law, where he finished in the top 1/3 of his class and passed the bar exam on the first attempt. Mr. Hairston graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a 3.75 GPA and a double-major in Entrepreneurship and Marketing. What sets Mr. Hairston apart as a lawyer is his personal attentiveness to each...
Mary Elizabeth Henderson
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Murfreesboro, TN Family Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(615) 867-9655 1806 Memorial Boulevard
Suite B
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Free ConsultationFamily and Arbitration & Mediation
Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad Law Center
Mrs. Henderson concentrates her practice in marital and family law in Bedford, Coffee, Cannon, Davidson, Dekalb, Maury, Rutherford, Wilson and Warran Counties. Mrs. Henderson is an esteemed and highly involved member of the local legal community. Mrs. Henderson is committed to protecting her client's rights and serving their children's best interests. Mrs. Henderson has extensive experience handling difficult and complex family law cases in a professional and compassionate manner negotiating when possible and aggressively litigating when necessary.

Mrs. Henderson is a 2001 graduate of Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Upon...
Markham T. Jackson
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Brentwood, TN Family Law Lawyer with 1 year experience
(615) 933-5250 5115 Maryland Way
Suite 311
Brentwood, TN 37027
Family
The Nashville School of Law
Markham T. Jackson was born and raised in Middle Tennessee. After graduating from Franklin High School in 2009, he attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he was a brother of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and member/volunteer of the Camp Koinonia community. Mr. Jackson received his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science in May, 2013. Following undergraduate school, he returned to Nashville and began attending the Nashville School of Law in August, 2013. He received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from NSL in May, 2017, and subsequently passed the Tennessee Bar Exam in February 2018. Throughout...
Nathan Luna
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Franklin, TN Family Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(615) 794-3422 1031 Westhaven Blvd.
Franklin, TN 37064
Family, DUI and Juvenile
Nashville School of Law
Sean J. Martin
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Nashville, TN Family Law Lawyer
(615) 800-7096 2122 21st Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212
Family, Divorce, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Carolanne R. King Esq.
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Nashville, TN Family Law Attorney with 4 years experience
(615) 298-7272 2126 21st Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212
Family and Divorce
The Nashville School of Law
Carolanne R. King was born and raised right here in Middle Tennessee. Carolanne is originally from Marshall County (Lewisburg) but currently resides in Spring Hill.

Carolanne studied criminal justice administration and sociology at Middle Tennessee State University. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree Carolanne attended The Nashville School of Law. Carolanne is admitted to practice law in Tennessee and is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and the Tennessee Young Lawyers Division.

Carolanne has been with Freeman and Fuson since January 2012. Since that time she has worked on many complex and challenging family law cases with both Mark...
Parrish B. Stanton
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Brentwood, TN Family Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(615) 545-2891 205 Powell Place
Brentwood, TN 37027
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Estate Planning
Marissa Keen
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Nashville, TN Family Law Attorney
(615) 298-7272 2126 21st Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212
Family, Divorce and Juvenile
Nashville School of Law
Marissa Keen is an Attorney at Freeman & Fuson where she has worked since 2015. She provides advocacy for a wide range of Family, Divorce, and Juvenile Law matters. Marissa is dedicated to providing personal attention and diligent representation to protect her clients' rights and interests.

Marissa is a native of East Tennessee. She received her B.S. from the University of Tennessee, and her J.D. from the Nashville School of Law. Marissa is admitted to practice in the State of Tennessee and Federal Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.
Joe Mason Brandon Jr.
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Murfreesboro, TN Family Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(615) 890-2399 119 North Maple Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Personal Injury
Nashville School of Law
I am an attorney with extensive experience in meeting clients' needs. I would appreciate an opportunity to listen to your legal issues, help you identify your goals, and help you achieve those goals.
Rachel Sharp Upshaw
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Nashville, TN Family Law Attorney
(615) 391-4200 631 Woodland St
Nashville, TN 37206
Family and Divorce
University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
Attorney Rachel Sharp Upshaw has continued to distinguish herself as an associate at Karla C. Miller and Associates, PLLC. With broad experience in nearly every aspect of family law and more than 80 percent of her practice devoted to litigation.
Aaron Walsh
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Nashville, TN Family Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(615) 730-8383 Belle Meade Office Park
4535 Harding Pike, Suite 208
Nashville, TN 37205
Free ConsultationFamily, DUI, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of South Carolina School of Law
I grew up in Nashville, attending Eakin Elementary, Caldwell Middle, and Hillsboro High Schools.

In my life, I have been a stepchild and a stepfather; I endured a divorce, but am now married again with children of my own.

While at Hillsboro, I received the Ed Hessey award (ask me). After spending five great years in college during the Payton Manning years, I graduated from U.T. (Knoxville) in 1997, and went to work in Nashville and Charleston, South Carolina for the U.S. trucking division of one of the world’s largest international shipping companies.

After three years in the real world, I...
Michael Stuart Saylor
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Franklin, TN Family Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(615) 550-2800 509 New Highway 96 West, Suite 201
Franklin, TN 37064
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Stuart Saylor provides effective representation in divorce, post-divorce, custody, child support, alimony, and all other types of family law cases. Aggressive when needed, and compassionate always, Mr. Saylor is there for his clients. Additionally, Mr. Saylor has extensive experience defending individuals accused of crimes. As a former prosecutor, Mr. Saylor knows how to use the law to your advantage.

Mr. Saylor is a Franklin native focused on providing quality legal services to the residents of his community and the surrounding areas. Following graduation from the University of Tennessee College of Law, Mr. Saylor joined the United States...
Ross Matuszak
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Franklin, TN Family Law Attorney with 1 year experience
(615) 926-5805 PO Box 682948
Franklin, TN 37068
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Juvenile
Nashville School of Law
If you have a legal issue concerning family law, criminal law, or juvenile law, contact me immediately for a 100% free, no obligation consultation. I fight hard for my client's rights, and will thoroughly explain the situation and prepare my clients in all legal matters.

I take pride in my communication and responsiveness to my clients and prospective clients. I always answer inquiries within one business day. Call (615) 926-5805 or email ross@matuszaklaw.com today for your free consultation.
Benjamin Papa
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Brentwood, TN Family Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(615) 767-5900 1612 Westgate Cir
#220
Brentwood, TN 37027
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
Walter Charles Doerflinger
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Lawrenceburg, TN Family Law Attorney with 44 years experience
(931) 762-6620 no.9 public square
Lawrenceburg, TN 38464
Family, Business, Insurance Claims and Juvenile
C. Diane Crosier
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Franklin, TN Family Law Attorney
(615) 645-1388 2000 Meridian Blvd. Ste 275
Franklin, TN 37067
Free ConsultationFamily and Juvenile
University of Tennessee College of Law
Diane Crosier earned her law degree at the University of Tennessee, College of Law. Shortly after receiving her law license in 1992, Diane worked in the 21st Judicial District Public Defender’s Office as a trial counsel. During this time, she tried countless cases in court and even successfully argued cases before the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. She developed a unique understanding of the courts and what it takes to be an effective trial lawyer. Diane is also a Rule 31 family mediator, which means she has received extensive training to effectively mediate cases.
Trudy Lynn Bloodworth
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Nashville, TN Family Law Attorney with 19 years experience
222 2nd Avenue North, Suite 210
Nashville, TN 37201
Family, Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
John David Schwalb
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Franklin, TN Family Law Lawyer
(615) 794-7100 741 Cool Springs Blvd
#104
Franklin, TN 37067
Family, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
If you’re looking for distinction among attorneys in Franklin, TN, and surrounding areas, you’ll find it in John D. Schwalb, PLLC. Recognized as a Mid-South Super Lawyer by the Law and Politics Magazine, John D. Schwalb ranks among the top five percent of lawyers. His firm received and maintains an AV®-rating for providing exceptional legal services. After 30 years of experience in all aspects of the law, John D. Schwalb, PLLC, is qualified to supply superior legal knowledge and litigation skills to all in the Franklin, TN, area. We are prepared to assist you with family law cases, bullying...
Jennifer Sheppard
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Nashville, TN Family Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(615) 800-7096 2122 21st Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212
Family, Appeals, Divorce and Probate
Nashville School of Law, Nashville, Tennessee
Taylor L. Rippe
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Nashville, TN Family Law Lawyer
(615) 417-7800 500 Church St
#250
Nashville, TN 37219
Family, Personal Injury and Probate
University of Kentucky College of Law
Lewis A. Williams
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Nashville, TN Family Law Lawyer
(615) 255-2893 1900 Church Street, Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37203
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
Peter Frech
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Goodlettsville, TN Family Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(615) 859-9665 405 Two Mile Pike
Suite A
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
University of Tennessee College of Law
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Dealing with family law issues?

Family law generally concerns domestic relations and family-related matters such as marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships, adoptions, paternity, guardianships, domestic abuse, surrogacy, child custody, child abduction, the dissolution of marriage and associated issues. Each state has its own set of family laws, and traveling across state borders can sometimes affect your rights and those of your family.

Contrary to popular belief, seeking the advice of a family law attorney does not necessarily mean that something is amiss in your family. A family law attorney can help negotiate prenuptial/premarital agreements for clients in anticipation of marriage or advise same-sex couples on relevant legal issues affecting their relationship. They also can help with adoption proceedings and other procedures involving children.

Family law attorneys often do represent clients seeking a divorce, annulment or legal separation, and the complicated issues that can arise as a result. Although domestic abuse is a criminal offense, some family law attorneys are skilled at handling these situations, as they are often entangled with other family law issues.

Some jurisdictions certify lawyers as family law specialists, which means these attorneys have met the certifying body's minimum requirements for education, experience, and examination.


No-Fault Proceeding: A civil case in which parties may resolve their dispute without a formal finding of error or fault.

Paternity Suit: A lawsuit to determine the father of a child whose parents were not married when the child was born.