Termination of Parental Rights Reversed for Lack of Evidence in Knoxville, Tennessee: In re Brianna T.

Facts: Father and Mother are the parents of four children. After being found to be dependent and neglected because of severe abuse to one child, all four children went into the protective custody of the state. The Department of Children’s Services (DCS) subsequently petitioned to terminate Father’s parental rights. Although Father did not attend the trial, […]

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Denial of Transgender Child’s Name Change Reversed in Williamson County, Tennessee: In re Leyna A.

Facts: Sixteen-year-old Child was born female but identifies as male. Child is transgender and undergoing a medical transition via hormone therapy from the female gender to the male gender. Child was diagnosed with Gender Dysphoria, a medical diagnosis that refers to the emotional distress of having a gender identity that is different than the gender […]

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Refusal to Award Child Support Retroactive to Birth Affirmed in Gallatin, TN Paternity Matter: Carr v. Sutton

Facts: Mother gave birth to Child in 1996. No father was listed on the birth certificate. When Child was 17 years old, the State petitioned to establish paternity and require the father to provide health insurance for Child. DNA testing confirmed Father’s paternity a few months before Child’s 18th birthday. An order was entered, but […]

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Tennessee Family Law Legislative Update 2017

Hello, friends! It’s that time of year again—time to review how our legislators made Tennessee family law worse than it was this time last year. First, let’s all take a minute to chug a jar of East Tennessee moonshine to prepare ourselves for what’s to come. OK, now that we’re sufficiently numb, let’s get started. Hit us with your best shot, […]

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No Wage Assignment for Child Support and Changing Child’s Last Name Reversed in Clinton, TN Parenting Dispute: Howell v. Smithwick

Facts: Mother and Father are the unmarried parents of Child. Within a week of Child’s birth, Father filed a petition to establish paternity and a parenting schedule. An agreed temporary parenting plan was entered. Later, disputes regarding parenting and contempt landed the parents back in court. The only issues I find noteworthy are the trial […]

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