Jurisdiction Contested in Interstate Child-Custody Dispute: In re Arabella L.

Facts: Mother and Father are the parents of Child. Mother lives in Alabama, and Father lives in Tennessee. They share equal parenting time by exchanging custody every two weeks per a custody order from a Tennessee court. Three years later, Mother petitions an Alabama court to modify the Tennessee parenting plan. A week later, Father files […]

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Why a Baby’s Connection With a Parent Matters

This article by Dr. Perri Klass in The New York Times is interesting. Why a Baby’s Connection With a Parent Matters In pediatrics, attachment is the emotional connection that develops between a young child and a parent or other caregiver. Attachment theory was developed in the mid-20th century by a British psychiatrist, John Bowlby, whose […]

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Default Judgment Modifying Parenting Schedule and Child Support Reversed In Sparta, TN: Lawson v. Stewart

Facts: When Mother and Father divorced in 2009, Mother was designated the primary residential parent for their child, and Father was awarded 109 days of parenting time. Father’s child-support obligation was determined to be $220 a month. In 2016, Mother petitioned to modify the parenting plan to reduce Father’s parenting time and increase his child-support […]

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Anti-Gay “Lifestyle” Provisions Reversed in Sumner County, Tennessee Divorce: Brantley v. Brantley

Facts: Father and Mother, the parents of two children, presented with an uncontested divorce on grounds of irreconcilable differences. Their agreement was contained within the proposed final decree of divorce that incorporated a marital dissolution agreement and permanent parenting plan that had been signed by both parties. At the hearing for the trial court to […]

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