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Divorce and Family Law

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Kennerly Montgomery is pleased to offer its services to those contemplating or currently going through the divorce process. Our Divorce and Family Law practice group is headed by an attorney with thirty-three years of experience in this field, assisted by his paralegal of twenty years. The range of services include multi-layered divorce and child custody litigation, as well as assistance with agreed or less complicated forms of marriage dissolution.

Child Support, Alimony, and Division of Assets

We are veterans of hard fought court battles involving division of assets and debt, division of retirement benefits, child custody and support, parenting plans, alimony, and payment of fees. However, we also employ negotiation and mediation to amicably work through these same issues when possible and appropriate. Other related issues peripheral to divorce such as taxes, retirement plans, real estate, and small business matters are well-served by experienced attorneys in other practice groups working in conjunction with us, and we have research associates and paralegals to assist when needed.

Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO)

Many retirement plans require a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO) to divide these assets and benefits upon divorce. This can be a complicated process, and we know the steps necessary to obtain an order which satisfies the requirements of the IRS, the plan administrator, and the court. We conduct these activities in conjunction with the divorce process and also assist those who were divorced without this important step being taken.

Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements, Co-Habitation Contracts

We encourage those contemplating marriage to consider negotiating a prenuptial agreement to avoid acrimony in the event of divorce and to protect premarital, inherited, and gifted property, and we are pleased to assist in that endeavor. On occasion, we assist clients in the preparation of post-nuptial agreements when couples seek to separate their finances while remaining married. Co-Habitation Contracts for those choosing not to marry should also be considered.

Adoption

Our Family Law practice group also renders services to those seeking adoption, both agreed and contested. We know how to present a case which demonstrates adoption to be in a child's best interests, and we are experienced with the intricate statutory requirements inherent in this process.

Juvenile Custody

On occasion, issues of child custody and support are brought before the Juvenile courts of this state when abuse, dependency, and neglect are alleged. We have decades of experience bringing satisfactory resolutions to these matters, and we are prepared to assist our clients in this difficult process.

While we are based in Knoxville, we have handled family law matters in most counties of East Tennessee. We have represented clients from all fifty states, and from most regions of the world, with respect to matters pending in the Tennessee courts. Please contact us at (865) 546-7311 if you need assistance with any of the above matters.

The attorney practicing Divorce and Family Law is:

 
 Douglas J. Toppenberg
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