Family Law

At the Law Office of Eric M. Bittner we represent both men and women regarding the numerous issues that may arise in the area of domestic relations and family law. We understand that separation, divorce, and custody issues are difficult for all parties concerned. While we seek to resolve matters with minimal court intervention and family upheaval, we will litigate aggressively when necessary.
The Law Office of Eric M. Bittner helps clients throughout Clarksville and Middle Tennessee in the following Family Law areas:

  • Irreconcilable Divorce: Irreconcilable Divorce is the legal process of terminating a marriage when the parties are in agreement about dissolving their marriage and have a willingness to cooperate on the resolution of their issues. The parties typically negotiate a Marital Dissolution Agreement and Parenting Plan that is confirmed by the court.
  • Contested Divorce: This type of divorce occurs when the parties cannot agree to the terms of their separation and ask the Court to make decisions as to property and debt division, support, and parental rights.
  • Spousal Support: Spousal support referred to as “alimony,” can be awarded by the Court to either spouse at the termination of a marriage based on a variety of factors such as: length of marriage, age, health, relative incomes, standard of living during the marriage, and each party’s ability to be self-supporting. Spousal support is intended to enable the recipient spouse to rehabilitate by furthering education and training to become self-sufficient.
  • Child Custody: Child Custody can be established or modified by agreement of the parties or by Court order. When determined by the Court, allocation of parental rights and responsibilities is determined using the “best interest of the child” standard.
  • Child Support: Child Support can be awarded with one party contributing a certain portion of his or her income to help support each child. The amount of child support to be paid is dependent upon a number of factors, including the incomes of each party, the number of days in each year the child is with each party, child care costs and health insurance costs.
  • Modification of Child Support: Child support can be modified either by a court-approved agreement of the parties or by the Court that has jurisdiction over your case. Either parent may file a motion to modify child support based on a change in circumstances that justifies the modification.
  • Paternity/Parentage: Paternity is a legal action to establish that a man is the father of a child to impose a child support obligation, establish a right to inheritance, secure consent for a child’s adoption, or gain or prohibit custody or visitation rights.
  • Prenuptial Agreements: A Prenuptial Agreement is a contract entered into by the parties in contemplation of marriage. Such agreements address property issues in the event of divorce or death including spousal support or protecting earnings acquired during the marriage, the inheritance of children from a prior relationship and/or to protect the property of a spouse who brings substantially greater assets to the marriage.

Contact the Office of Eric M. Bittner for a free case evaluation to learn more about how we can help you.