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Reed & Hickman

202 S Washington St.
Maryville, TN 37804
Phone: (865) 984-0111

Business Hours

Mon: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Tue: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Wed: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Thu: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Fri: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed
   At Reed & Hickman, we provide legal representation for Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody, Spousal Support, Personal Injury, Automobile Accidents, Worker's Compensation, Estate/Wills and Criminal Law issues. See below for more details.

    Divorce | Contested/Uncontested
At Reed & Hickman, we understand how emotionally and financially challenging a divorce and other domestic matter can be. We are committed to providing affordable but quality legal assistance with a wide range of issues involving: 
Uncontested Divorce, Contested Divorce, Contempt/Modifications, Child Custody, Adoption, Child Support/Visitation, Spousal Support, Grandparents Rights, Name Changes, Wills, Guardianships.

No-Fault / Uncontested Divorce

This type of divorce will typically proceed more quickly, be less complicated and less of a financial burden.
In most cases, the parties do not have to go to court when getting ready to finalize the divorce. Usually you can get divorced in 2 ½ to 3 months. 
In an NO FAULT”, irreconcilable differences or uncontested divorce, both partners agree on the divorce and grounds for divorce- irreconcilable differences.  They also agree on child custody, child support, child visitation and property division.  They do not require the court to divide property (assets), matters concerning children, etc.  No one is served papers in this type divorce- because you both agree upon the divorce.
The uncontested divorce requires a "cooling -off" period of 60 days. Meaning once the divorce is filed either party can change their mind and stop the divorce from going forward.
Often the attorney represents only one of the parties and the unrepresented parties acknowledges this fact and proceeds pro se or hires their own counsel.
Child support can be collected through a wage order if agreed upon by both parties in this type of divorce. This is not an automatic event, It is also important for the party that will receive the child support to understand that the attorney does not guarantee that the child support will be paid on time or at all. Additionaly, the non- custodial party is under no obligation to visit the child(ren) during scheduled visitation periods. A schedule is made, but it cannot enforce the non custodial parent actually show up and visit . 

Contested Divorce

Contested divorce is one in which the parties cannot agree on the terms and conditions necessary to end the  marital partnership. The husband and wife desire to dispute either child custody issues including child support and child visitation, division of property or the reason for the divorce.
In a contestant divorce the party seeking the divorce must be able to prove grounds in Court for the CHANCELLOR to grant the divorce decree. Proving the grounds is often effected through a corroborating witness(s) whose testimony in Court sustains the statutory grounds for the divorce. This is a court case that involves a trial; The parties must hire counsel and go before the Judge with their witnesses.
This type of divorce can take a long time. Often these divorces may take 1 to 2 years to prepare the case for trial.  The spouse is served papers that are the Complaint for Divorce. As Defendant, they have 30 days to respond with an answer to the Complaint and at that time they may make a counter-claim for divorce. There are other processes and procedures that often occur before trial such as depositions, discovery, exchange of mandatory financial disclosure documents. The attorneys for the husband and wife will attempt to resolve issues and terms of the divorce or the terms and issues of the case for trial. Sometimes you can expect to go to courts several times before the judge makes a final decision granting the divorce
Because of the time involved and the detailed trial preparation coupled with the emotional issues both parties may bring to the attorneys, this is a more costly legal matter.
It is not recommended that either party attempt to represent himself/herself in the court of law due to the complexities of this type of divorce
      Family Law | Child Adoption
With over 60 years of combined experience in the family law arena, we are a team of highly skilled, compassionate professionals who take pride in a job well done. We serve clients throughout all of East Tennessee including some third generation clients in our community. Our philosophy is to provide excellent legal services with the highest of integrity and ethical standards. We offer services in the following areas: Child Custody, Child Support, Spousal Support (Alimony), Violence and Restraining Orders, Paternity & Maternity Determinations, Grandparent, Relative and Step-Parent Rights, Guardianship, Writs and Appeals

     Criminal/Civil Law

Getting convicted of a crime can have a negative impact on your life. At The Law Offices of Reed & Hickman, we work hard to protect your constitutional rights, your freedom and your future. We’ll provide you with an aggressive and knowledgeable criminal defense. We have years of experience and an extensive knowledge of the local justice system. If you are suspected of breaking the law or have been formerly charged, contact our office immediately. We’re always on your side.   

DUI's and Traffic Offenses

  • DUI Refusals
  • Administrative Hearings  
We have years of experience and an extensive knowledge of the local justice system. If you are suspected of breaking the law or have been formerly charged, contact our office immediately. We’re always on your side.

Criminal Cases

  • Felonies
  • Misdemeanors
  • Assault and Battery
  • Drug Charges
  • Theft and Burglary
  • Jury Trials
  • Bond Hearings

Civil Law

When a legal dispute disrupts your business or personal life, you can count on the expert team at Reed & Hickman, in Maryville TN to help you resolve any legal matters that have arisen. Having a qualified legal advocate on your side not only brings you the confidence that your civil matter will be resolved successfully but will also relieve the stress of having to deal with it on your own.

We assist clients with:

  • Civil suits
  • Small claims
  • Complaints
  • And more!
           Real Estate 
At Reed & Hickman, we offer a wide range of real estate services. We will thoroughly evaluate and explain to you all contract or litigation options to ensure that your rights are professionally represented and that you understand your position under the law. Our real estate practice concentrates on the following areas:
  • Contract preparation for real estate transfers
  • Preparation and negotiation of lease agreements for businesses and individuals
  • Commercial and residential mortgage closings, including transfers of business leases
  • Private real estate sales, exchanges and transfers

        Personal Injury
Have you been involved in an  accident? For legal representation you can trust, choose Reed & Hickman Attorneys. We have been protecting the rights of victims in Maryville since 1980. Our experience gives us confidence that we can provide the best legal representation around. No matter your need, we can handle it, and your satisfaction is fully guaranteed. Call us to learn more about what we can do for you!
  • Auto Accidents
  • Tractor Trailer Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Workers Compensation (for injuries sustained on-the-job)
  • Catastrophic and Serious Injuries
  • Wrongful Death
  • Slip and Fall
  • Railroad Accidents
  • Construction Site Accidents
  • Boating Accidents

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