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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Not Enough Parenting Time in Loudon County, TN Divorce: Neveau v. Neveau

Facts: Father and Mother married five months before Child was born. After Child was born, Mother served as the primary caregiver. Father showed little interest in interacting with and had little involvement with Child. A few years after Child’s birth, Father relocated to Illinois. Mother remained in Tennessee. A divorce action began shortly thereafter. While […]

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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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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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Superior Parental Rights at Issue in Pulaski, TN Change of Child Custody: Holley v. Ortiz

Facts: Mother is the biological mother of two children aged 3 and 4. At the time of their births, Mother was unmarried and resided with her parents, the children’s maternal grandparents. Grandparents petitioned to terminate Mother’s parental rights and to adopt the children. They allege that Mother moved out of their home several years earlier […]

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Change of Child Custody Reversed in Nashville, TN Parenting Plan Modification Dispute: In Re Braylin D.

Facts: Mother and father are the never-married parents of Child. A parenting plan was entered designating Mother as the primary residential parent and granting Father 103 days of parenting time. Several years later, Father petitioned to modify the parenting plan. Mother counter-petitioned to modify the parenting plan. The trial court heard proof that both parties […]

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Credibility Matters in Nashville, TN Child Custody Case: Engh v. Engh

Facts: Shortly after the birth of Child in early 2011, Father lost his job as a university researcher because of a lack of funding. Mother worked as a nurse practitioner. Mother and Father agreed that Father would stay home with Child. For approximately one year, Father took care of Child during the day and brought […]

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Severe Limitation on Parenting Time Affirmed in Murfreesboro, TN Child Custody Dispute: In re Emily M.

Facts: Mother and Father are the unmarried parents of Child. Once paternity was established, the court approved their agreed parenting plan that provided for equal parenting time and designated Mother as the primary residential parent. Five years later, Father petitioned to change custody, alleging that Mother engaged in “erratic, irrational, and dangerous” behavior and had […]

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The Secret Superpower of a Shared-Custody Kid

This article by Rachelle Bergstein in The New York Times may be of interest. The Secret Superpower of a Shared-Custody Kid At 5:25 p.m., my mother pulled into our driveway. I saw my dad’s Cadillac waiting for us and glanced at Mom, whose broad smile instantly flattened. At 10 years old, I could already read […]

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Award of Child Custody to Nonparent Reversed in Crossville, TN: Vinson v. Ball

Facts: Mother and Father are the unmarried parents of two children. The parents eventually separated, and Father returned to his family home in Louisiana. An agreed order was entered naming Mother the primary residential parent. Father was granted visitation with the children for the entire month of June, one weekend per month, and alternating holidays. […]

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Best Interest Assessment Reversed for Abuse of Discretion in Chattanooga, TN Child Custody Case: C.W.H. v. L.A.S.

Facts: Mother and Father, who were never married, entered an agreed parenting plan establishing a long-distance parenting schedule because of Mother’s relocation with the children to Ohio (and later Nevada). The agreed parenting plan designated Mother as the primary residential parent. Very shortly thereafter, Father petitioned to change custody on the grounds that the agreed parenting plan […]

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