Grandparent Visitation Schedule Reversed as Unreasonable in Murfreesboro, Tennessee: In re Diawn B.

Facts: Child was born to the unmarried Mother and Father. When Child was seven weeks old, Father died in a car accident. Following Father’s death, Mother stayed with Father’s aunt for a week, at which time Father’s mother — Grandmother — had regular contact with Child. Grandmother’s relationship with Mother quickly became adversarial, and Mother prevented […]

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Ignoring Text Messages Amounts to Opposing Grandparent Visitation in Greeneville, TN: Chamberlain v. Brown

Facts: Grandmother is the paternal grandmother of Child. When Child was born, Mother, Father, and Child lived with Grandmother for more than 2 1/2 years. Less than a year after Mother, Father, and Child moved out of Grandmother’s home, Mother and Father were arrested. Child was found to be dependent and neglected, and Child’s maternal […]

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Superior Parental Rights Retained after Temporary Change of Custody in Clarksville, TN: Bryan v. Miller

Facts: Mother was designated the primary residential parent of Child when she and Father divorced. Years later, Father obtained emergency temporary custody because Mother was homeless and suffering from mental health issues. Shortly thereafter, the trial court entered an “Interim Agreed Order” providing that Child would physically reside with his maternal grandmother. A year later, […]

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K.O. Herston a “Top Attorney” for Divorce, Family Law, Child Support, and Adoption in Knoxville, TN

Once again, I am honored to have been selected by my colleagues in the Knoxville Bar as being among the best divorce, family law, child support, and adoption lawyers in Knoxville. CityView magazine explains: Each year, Cityview calls upon the members of the Knoxville Bar Association to determine which attorneys in East Tennessee are the best in […]

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Grandparents Denied the Grandparent Visitation They Want in Lexington, TN: In re Dayton R.

Facts: After the children were adjudicated dependent and neglected, the maternal great-grandparents were awarded temporary custody. The children lived with the great-grandparents for the next six years. Once custody was restored to the biological parents, the great-grandparents petitioned for grandparent visitation. The biological parents opposed visitation. This is the second appeal in this case. In […]

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K.O. Herston a “Top Attorney” for Divorce, Family Law, Child Support, and Adoption in Knoxville, TN

Once again, I am honored to be selected by other lawyers as being among the best Divorce, Family Law, Child Support, and Adoption lawyers in Knoxville. CityView magazine explains: Each year, Cityview calls upon the members of the Knoxville Bar Association to determine which attorneys in East Tennessee are the best in their respective fields. The one criterion we most want the […]

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Tennessee Family Law Legislative Update 2015

2015 was a quiet year for family law legislation in Tennessee. The Republican super-majority devoted it’s time to other issues such as preventing a floor vote on the Governor’s “Insure Tennessee” plan to expand Medicaid to low-income Tennesseans, imposing medically-unnecessary restrictions on women’s healthcare, or preventing local governments from prohibiting guns in local parks. While […]

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Great-Grandparents Covered by Tennessee Grandparent Visitation Law: In re Dayton R.

Facts: After the children were adjudicated dependent and neglected, the maternal great-grandparents were awarded temporary custody. The children lived with the great-grandparents for the next six years. Once custody was restored to the biological parents, the great-grandparents petitioned for grandparent visitation. The biological parents opposed any visitation and asserted the great-grandparents lacked standing to seek grandparent visitation […]

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Clarksville, TN Child Custody Dispute Between Parent and Non-Parent: In re Caleb B.

Facts: Mother and Father are the parents of Child. Prior to Child’s birth, Father was arrested and pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine for resale. Following Child’s birth, Father was arrested again and convicted of selling ecstasy. Father went to prison. Over the years, Father had little or no contact with Child. Child spent most […]

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Grandparent Visitation Reversed in Columbia, TN: Manning v. Manning

Facts: Mother and Father are the divorced parents of Child. Father was convicted of stalking mother and has no visitation with Child. Father has been in and out of jail throughout Child’s life. Mother and Child resided with Paternal Grandparents for 12 months after Child’s birth. Father was incarcerated during much of this time. Even after […]

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