Recent Family Law Legislation in Tennessee

Here is a brief recap of some new laws recently enacted by the Tennessee Legislature regarding matrimonial and family law in Tennessee.

2010 Public Chapter 832 adopts the Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act, which authorizes a court to order child abduction prevention measures in a child custody proceeding if the court finds the evidence establishes a credible risk of the abduction of a child.

2010 Public Chapter 894 provides that in divorce proceedings, if a litigant knowingly makes a false allegation of sexual abuse in furtherance of litigation, the trial court can find them in contempt and award attorney’s fees.

2010 Public Chapter 901 revises the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act with regard to the enforcement and modification of child support orders issued in foreign countries.

2010 Public Chapter 956 provides that in a proceeding to modify a permanent parenting plan, the existing residential schedule may not be modified prior to a final hearing absent the agreement of the parties or a finding by the court that the child is likely to suffer substantial harm without the the temporary modification.

2010 Public Chapter 957 creates a rebuttable presumption of substantial harm to the child from the cessation of the grandparent-child relationship if the child’s parent is deceased and the grandparent seeking visitation is the parent of the deceased parent.

Information provided by K.O. Herston, Tennessee Divorce Lawyer.

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K.O. Herston is a family-law attorney in Knoxville, Tennessee whose practice is devoted exclusively to family law, including divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, prenuptial agreements, and other aspects of family law.

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