Posts by Kevin Shepherd
What Exactly Is Divorce Planning?
Just like other big decisions in life, divorces typically do not happen quickly or without careful thought. In fact, many individuals describe divorce as something they try to avoid until they realize they no longer can. Therefore, when the only option is to divorce and this option becomes very clear, it is time to be…Read More
Can You Make Too Much Money to Get Child Support?
Over the years, we have answered plenty of questions about how child support is determined when the non-residential parent has a substantial income. But what if you are the one who makes the money, and your child resides with you 50% of the time or more? Can a primary residential parent make too much money…Read More
If My House Is Searched and Things Are Damaged, Who Pays?
It is not an uncommon scenario for law enforcement to search a home and create a mess or even damage the property. They may create chaos and find nothing that they were looking for, which means that your home was ransacked for nothing. If this has happened to you, you may be feeling angry, stressed,…Read More
Can My Ex Claim My Social Security After a Divorce?
If you are recently divorced and receiving Social Security disability or retirement benefits, you may be wondering if your ex-spouse can claim your Social Security even though you have divorced. This is a common question among individuals in similar situations to you. When these questions or concerns arise, the Maryville divorce attorneys at Shepherd &…Read More
Will My Divorce Actually Go to Trial?
If you are of a certain age, you may remember an old show called Divorce Court. In that show, glamourous people sat next to a judge and spilled out their sordid secrets for the world to hear, and eventually that judge would grant them a divorce. There was a lot of swelling music and close-up…Read More
Breach of Fiduciary Duty in a Probate Dispute
Courts appoint a representative to settle the estate when a person dies without a will. The estate is frozen until the probate process is complete. The representative is also known as the fiduciary, and they have a legal responsibility when they take on this role. Their role consists of gathering assets and debts, paying bills…Read More
What Is a Permanent Parenting Plan?
A parenting plan is an arrangement between two parents providing details about what each parent will provide to the child. It addresses various topics, from holidays, birthdays, drop-offs, and even transportation. It is legally binding, and both parties must agree and ensure they can abide by the plan. A good parenting plan will consider everyone’s…Read More
For Disabled People, Getting Married Can Cost More Than It’s Worth
Laws often become outdated because what society deems important, or what lawmakers deem to be important, changes over time. That’s why we have the ability to amend laws as the decades go by. There are still laws in place proving themselves to be outdated, and no longer morally or logically comprehensible. The Social Security Administration’s…Read More
The “Silver Tsunami” Is Coming; Is Your Estate in Order?
When it comes to estate planning, attorneys are increasingly working with “solo silvers” from what is known as the “silver tsunami.” A silver tsunami is the term created by demographers and economists to explain the dramatic age shift in the human population from the Baby Boomer generation hitting the retirement age. Some 80 million individuals…Read More
Do I Have to Pay Child Support if My Ex Says They Don’t Want It?
As parents, we want what is best for our child. Even after a divorce, and we’re on our own, we still want our child to thrive and flourish. For nearly half a decade, child support laws have been in place just to help with that matter. No one wants to see a child suffer because…Read More