Facebook Posts Lead to Order of Protection in Memphis, Tennessee: Purifoy v. Mafa

Facts: Woman works as a Legal Aid staff attorney representing domestic-violence victims. Man is an occupational therapist with PhD’s from both Oxford and Cambridge in England. In 2013, Man’s ex-girlfriend sought an order of protection against him. Woman was a fact witness who briefly testified in the hearing. The order of protection was denied. Eight […]

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Exposure to Domestic Violence Leads to Child-Custody Change in Gallatin, TN: In re Ashton V.

Facts: Mother and Father are the never-married parents of Child. After they broke up, the juvenile court designated Mother as the primary residential parent and awarded Father parenting time every other weekend and additional time on Wednesdays. Nine months later, Father petitioned to change the primary residential parent designation. He alleged Mother was uncooperative and […]

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Orders of Protection in Tennessee

This recent article by Marlene Moses and Manuel Benjamin Russ in the Tennessee Bar Journal may be of interest to readers of this blog. Perfecting Protection In Tennessee, a party may take protective action from another person short of filing a criminal warrant by requesting an Order of Protection from the appropriate jurisdictional authority. Despite […]

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Tennessee Supreme Court Changes Ethical Rules for Solicitation of Divorce Clients

On February 12, 2015, the Tennessee Supreme Court adopted an amendment to the ethics rules that will ban written, electronic, telephonic, or in-person solicitation of potential divorce clients within 30 days of the filing of a divorce. The Tennessee Supreme Court added the following Comment 5[A] to RPC 7.3: RPC 7.3(b)(3) includes a prohibition against […]

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