Podcast #4: Judge Swann Reflects on Changes in Tennessee Family Law and Life after the Bench

I recently sat down with Judge Bill Swann to discuss the changes he observed in the practice of family law during his 32 years presiding over the dedicated family-law court in Knoxville.

In this episode, we discuss the changes he witnessed in the substantive family law in Tennessee, including:

  • the rise of mediation in family-law cases;
  • the end of the “tender years” doctrine and gender preferences;
  • the types of cases he found to be most rewarding;
  • why he found postdivorce child-custody disputes to be the most difficult types of cases;
  • the challenge of parental-relocation cases;
  • the changes Judge Swann predicts we’ll see in the coming decades; and
  • what he’s been up to since retiring from the bench.

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Podcast #4: Judge Bill Swann Reflects on Changes in the Practice of Law (November 27, 2017).

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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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  1. Enjoyed listing to you and Bill Swann. Have never believed that any mediation agreement had to consider what the court would give. I have always believed that when parties met their needs and it was within the law it was a contract and would not be evaluated by the judge for his approval. But rather be accepted as a party agreement…….Paul

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