Parental Relocation is Material Change in Clarksville Divorce: Iman v. Iman

Facts: Mother and Father, the parents of one child, were divorced in 2011. While the divorce was pending, Father moved to Florida. After the trial, the trial court designated Father as the primary residential parent in December 2011. Child was to remain in Tennessee with Mother to complete the rest of the school year before moving […]

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Joint Decision Making Changed to Sole Decision Making in Brentwood Post-Divorce Matter: Hayes v. Pierret

Facts: After eight years of marriage, these parents of two children were divorced. Mother was designated the primary residential parent. Father received 114 days of visitation. Mother and Father began exhibiting hostility toward one another immediately after the divorce. They engaged in drawn-out and heated disagreements over everything from whether they could park in one […]

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Child Custody Reversed in Clarksville Divorce: Ward v. Ward

Facts: Father lived in New Jersey and Mother in Tennessee. After a brief long-distance relationship, Mother became pregnant. They married. After eight weeks of discord, they separated. Thereafter, Father remained a resident of New Jersey and Mother lived in Tennessee. Nearly a year later, when Child was six months old, Mother filed for divorce. The […]

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Gallatin Court Refuses to Change Child’s Last Name: Carroll v. Corcoran

Facts: Mother and Father, who were never married, each filed petitions to establish paternity of Child, establish a parenting plan, and set child support. Father also requested that Child’s last name be changed to his surname or hyphenated. At trial, Father testified that Child having his surname is “one of the most important things to [him].” […]

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Equal Parenting Time Rejected in Johnson City Divorce: Pandian v. Rodriguez

Facts: Mother and Father, both psychiatrists, married in 1998 and have two children. They divorced after 14 years of marriage. Proof at trial showed the older son suffers from speech delay, has a lot of anxiety, and requires a great deal of structure in his life as a result of his issues, which include attention deficit […]

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Change of Child Custody Reversed in Crossville Post-Divorce Dispute: Garrett v. Garrett

Facts: The parties divorced with a parenting plan that equally split parenting time but designated Mother as the primary residential parent. Shortly thereafter, Mother enrolled the children in a school close to her residence. Father objected and sought relief from the court, which entered an ex parte order directing the Parents to keep the children […]

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Failure to Adhere to Parenting Plan is Material Change of Circumstances in Greeneville Child Visitation Modification: Graham v. Graham

Facts: When Mother and Father divorced, the agreed parenting plan designated Father as the primary residential parent of Child and did not allow for Mother to have any visitation. Despite the parenting plan, Mother continued to live in the home with Father and Child for over three years. During this time, Mother committed various crimes, including […]

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Failure to Promote Relationship With Other Parent Leads to Loss of Child Custody in Nashville: In re Zamorah B.

Facts: Child was born to unmarried Mother and Father. Father filed a Petition to Establish Paternity in which he asserted that he had voluntarily supported Child and had emotionally bonded with her, but that Mother decided two months after Child’s birth to eliminate him from her life. Shortly thereafter, Mother filed a Petition to Establish Parentage. […]

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Post-Divorce Parental Relocation Reversed in Memphis: Toyos v. Hammock

Facts: Child was born in Memphis to unmarried parents. A subsequent paternity test confirmed Father’s paternity. Mother was named the primary residential parent, and Father was awarded 90 days of visitation each year. Child support and joint decision-making authority were established. Several years later, Mother notified Father of her intent to relocate Child from Memphis […]

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“Standard” Parenting Schedule Reversed in Cookeville Divorce: Strickland v. Strickland

Facts: After five years of marriage, Father filed for divorce. Thereafter, a protracted period of litigation ensued that lasted almost 3-1/2 years until trial. Among the other evidence presented at trial, the trial court considered the testimony of the parties’ seven-year-old child. The trial court found Father should be named the primary residential parent of […]

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Failure to Encourage Relationship Between Child and Other Parent Leads to Loss of Equal Parenting Time in Nashville: Taylor v. Knott

Facts: Mother and Father are the never-married parents of two children. In 2005, the trial court entered a parenting plan designating Father as the primary residential parent. In 2007, the court modified the parenting schedule so the parties shared equal time. In 2010, Father petitioned to modify the parenting plan alleging that Mother agreed to care for […]

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Grandparent Prevails Over Parent in Tennessee Child Custody Dispute: Mook v. Mook

Facts: After a short marriage notable for domestic violence, the parties divorced. Mother was named the primary residential parent of Child, and Father was awarded visitation. A few years later, Mother disappeared under suspicious circumstances. Father took custody of Child immediately following Mother’s disappearance. One week later, Maternal Grandmother petitioned for custody of Child. Father […]

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Equal Parenting Time Consistent With Tennessee “Maximum Participation” Statute: Van Erps v. Jackson

Facts: Child was born to Mother and Father in 2007. Mother and Father lived together with Child until their separation in 2011. The trial court subsequently established Father’s paternity, named Father the primary residential parent, and ordered an equal, 50/50 parenting schedule. Mother appealed. On Appeal: The Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court. The […]

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