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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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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Tennessee Supreme Court Ain’t Got Time for All the Dismissed Termination-of-Parental-Rights Appeals: In re Bentley D.

Well, that didn’t take long. A few weeks ago I wrote about the sudden avalanche of appellate decisions dismissing parental-rights-termination cases because the appellant’s lawyer signed the notice of appeal on behalf of the appellant. Recently amended Tennessee Code Annotated § 36-1-124(d) requires that “[a]ny notice of appeal filed in a termination of parental rights […]

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Tennessee Supreme Court Considering Rule regarding Collaborative Family Law

The Tennessee Supreme Court released for review and comment a proposed new rule governing collaborative practice in family-law matters. The new rule is proposed by the Tennessee Bar Association, which studied the growing method of dispute resolution known as collaborative practice or collaborative divorce. The petition describes collaborative practice as one where Collaborative attorneys are […]

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