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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Finding of No Material Change Reversed in Nashville, Tennessee Child-Custody Change: In re Jonathan S. jr.

Facts: Mother and Father, the parents of Child, never married, and their relationship ended several months after Child was born. Several years later, they entered an agreed parenting plan that allowed Father to have parenting time one weekend per month and for extended periods during school holidays. By then, Mother was married and living in […]

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Less Parenting Time Than Other Parent Proposed Affirmed in Williamson County, TN Visitation Dispute: Kennedy v. Kennedy

Facts: Shortly after the parties’ divorce, Father was designated the primary residential parent of Child and Mother received 125 days of parenting time. Two years later, Father petitioned to modify the schedule to reduce Mother’s parenting time to 80 days. He alleged that Mother was failing to exercise her parenting time as ordered. Mother admitted […]

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Child-Custody Change Vacated in Columbia, TN Postdivorce Dispute: In re Gunner F.

Facts: Mother and Father divorced in 2012. The court approved their agreed parenting plan designating Mother as the primary residential parent while awarding each parent equal parenting time with Child. Both parents lived in Maury County. Approximately 1 1/2 years later, Mother and Child moved to a new home in Lewis County that is a […]

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Primary Residential Parent Designation Examined in Chattanooga, TN Child-Custody Dispute: Bell v. Bell

Facts: Mother and Father divorced in 2012. Their parenting plan designated them as “co-primary residential parents” of their two children, and they shared equal parenting time. The parenting plan provided┬áthat Father is designated the primary residential parent for purposes of federal and state statutes. Father remarried and had another child. Mother moved in with the […]

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Child-Support Issues Raised in Williamson Co., TN: Sansom v. Sansom

Facts: Mother and Father are the divorced parents of Child. This appeal involved several postdivorce disputes, only two of which are noteworthy: the dispute over what constitutes a “day” for child-support purposes, and the trial court’s calculation of Father’s gross income for child-support purposes. Regarding the calculation of parenting time, Father argued the agreed parenting […]

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Which Version of Tennessee’s Child Support Guidelines Are Used to Determine Retroactive Child Support?: Maher v. Woodruff

Facts: Mother and Father divorced in 1998. At the time of the divorce, they shared custody of their two children. Father was ordered to pay $1500 per month in child support. Less than a year later, after Mother’s chronic mental illness prevented her for caring for the children, the court transferred custody of the children […]

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Civil Contempt Petition Revived Because of Multiple Errors in Memphis, TN: Parsons v. Parsons

Facts: Husband and Wife divorced in 2014. Nearly a year later, Wife petition for civil and criminal contempt. She alleged that Husband failed to pay the full amount of spousal support required by their marital dissolution agreement. After Wife’s counsel completed the direct examination of Wife, Husband’s counsel moved to dismiss on the grounds that […]

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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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