Direct, Honest, Aggressive, Professional

Direct, Honest, Aggressive, Professional

We offer Federal and State Legal Services

We offer Federal and State Legal Services

The Unique Story

35Years Of Experience In Legal Solution

Dennis Stanford is licensed in Tennessee and North Carolina. He began his career in the U.S. Army as a Judge Advocate and served with the Airborne Corps XVIII, SOCOM, the 160th SOAR, and the 101st Airborne Division .He has practiced law in Clarksville, Tennessee since 1995. He is familiar with the laws of Tennessee and with Military laws and regulations. He was also formerly a prosecutor in Federal Court.

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Dennis Stanford has litigated thousands of criminal cases

Dennis Stanford has litigated thousands of criminal cases

DUI, Assaults, Domestic Assault, Shoplifting and theft, Robbery, Burglary, Homicide, Juvenile offenses, Drug Charges, All other criminal charges.

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Dennis Stanford is uniquely qualified regarding  how military laws, regulations, and issues affect military divorces and custody matters based upon his Active-Duty service as an Army Judge Advocate.

Dennis Stanford is uniquely qualified regarding how military laws, regulations, and issues affect military divorces and custody matters based upon his Active-Duty service as an Army Judge Advocate.

We handle Divorce, Separation, Child Custody, DCS matters, Child support, Alimony, Adoption, Other family law issues

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I strive to be on the offense rather than the defense

Why Choose Us?

35 years of diverse legal experience

Both Military and Civilian experience.

Regimental Judge Advocate

Experience in U.S. Army as a Judge Advocate and served with the Airborne Corps XVIII, SOCOM, the 160th SOAR, and the 101st Airborne Division

Former Prosecutor

Working on the other side gives us a unique advantage in defending your case. Formerly a prosecutor in Federal Court

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Free initial consultation and flexible payment plan.

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Testimonials

Our Happy Clients

Had a women go after me in a vindictive lawsuit with no motivation. Dennis took care of it right away and soon had her on her way! “ Highly Recommended”

K. McNeill ,

He did and excellent job representing me. “ Highly Recommended”

M. Smith ,

Mr. Stanford has represented me many times. I can honestly say that his professionalism and knowledge are one of a kind”. “ Highly recommended.”

W. Campbell ,

“Well earned reputation” He is absolute definition of a straight shooter. He did more than his share of due diligence”

Vanessa,

“ Best attorney around. Mr. Stanford went above and beyond to help me . I highly recommend him to anyone.”

Starla,

“ Fantastic lawyer, Mr. Stanford is very knowledgeable and punctual.”

Mike,

“ Knowledgeable , Professional and unwavering. After having retained 2 attorneys for the same matter BEFORE I met Mr. Stanford. I saw a difference on his approach the moment I met him. I terminated my second attorney on the way out the door. For the first time in 8 months, I had hope and I was not disappointed with the final results.

Meli,

After observing Dennis Stanford in Court, “ Damn! He’s a bulldog”

Young Clarksville Attorney ,

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• NO attorney can predict the future and there can be no promises or guarantees. If you are promised a certain result by any attorney, you are being lied to and you should get up and walk out. Nobody can guarantee a “not guilty”. • That said, I can generally offer you an educated prediction of the outcome of most cases. Results vary based upon the facts and circumstances of each case, criminal history, victim input to the prosecution, and other factors. I will gather information and evaluate your case to determine the best approach to your matter in order to get the best result possible.
- Tennessee works off of the concept of “Guideline Support” using a formula to calculate support. There are a number of factors considered. - The Number of Children - The Number of Days each year ( majority of the 24-hour period including the child’s time in school while in parent care)the child is with each parent while that parent is the child’s primary caregiver. This includes income from ALL Sources - Each parent’s income( Income may be inputted of parent is under-employed). - Work Related daycare expenses - Health and Dental Insurance cost - Support payments for the other Children outside the supported child’s home - The Court may deviate up or down in some circumstances.
• There is actually no such thing as “full custody” The terms joint and shared are used. - Shared custody involves a situation where parents share substantially equal time with the child(ren). This is the parenting schedule favored by courts and this will be their starting point in evaluating your situation. The Factors below will influence the final decision. - Joint custody involves the designation of a “primary residential parent”. The idea of “ visitation” is incorrect, and the proper term is “ parenting time.” In these cases, the children spend majority of the time with the primary residential parent and with the alternated residential parent during the remaining time. This may be very nearly an equal split or there may be a great difference in the time each parent has. - There are 10 factors looked at by the courts in deciding custody matters. Your attorney must focus on these factors in representing you in a custody case. If your attorney is not questioning you and gathering information about these factors, get another attorney. - The factors to be considered are: (1) The love, affection and emotional ties existing between the parents or caregivers and the child. (2) The historical disposition of the parents or caregivers to provide the child with food, clothing, medical care, education and other necessary care and the degree to which a parent or caregiver has been the primary caregiver; in the past; (3) The importance of continuity in the child's life and the length of time the child has lived in a stable and satisfactory environment (4) The stability of the family unit of the parents or caregivers; (5) The mental and physical health of the parents or caregivers; (6) The home, school and community record of the child; (7) (A) The reasonable preference of the child if the child is twelve (12) years of age or older; (B) The court may hear the preference of a younger child on request. The preferences of older children will normally be given greater weight than those of younger children; (8) Evidence of physical or emotional abuse to the child, to the other parent, or to any other person. The court must make specific findings in regards to this factor. (9) The character and behavior of any other person who resides in or frequents the home of a parent or caregiver and that person's interactions with the child; and (10) Each parent or caregiver's past and potential for future performance of parenting responsibilities, including the willingness and ability of each of the parents and caregivers to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing parent-child relationship between the child and both of the child's parents, consistent with the best interest of the child. – This is a very important factor in most courts, It carries a lot of weight.
• In a divorce with no children, the matter cannot be set for a final hearing until 60 or more days have passed since the filing of the divorce with the Court and service upon the opposing party. Realistically if the matter is uncontested, and the parties can agree upon the division of property and debt you can expect the matter to be resolved in a few months. Much of the delay is caused by the volume of matters before he courts and there is nothing your attorney can do if there are no court dates available. I will strive to resolve your matter as quickly as possible. Contested matters can be expected to take 6 to 9 months and sometimes longer. • In matters involving child custody, Tennessee law allows for the matter to be set after 90 days or more have passed since the filing and service of the complaint and summons upon the other party. Uncontested matters, where both parties agree upon a parenting plan and upon the division of property, can reasonably be expected to be resolved in 100-102 days. Contested cases can be expected to take much longer. They generally take at least 6-9 months on the quicker side of things where there is not a great deal of disagreement. More harshly contested matter can take 12 to18 months or even longer. It can often take as much as six months to simply get a court date. • Mediation is required in all contested matters and involves an additional expense.

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