Helping Children Endure Divorce

This recent article by Marlene Moses in the Tennessee Bar Journal contains good advice for divorcing parents. Helping Children Endure Divorce When in the midst of a divorce, it is understandable for a party to become entrenched in what is felt to be a personal battle and preoccupied with details such as where to live, […]

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No Material Change of Circumstances and No Relocation in Tennessee Child Custody Dispute: Gray v. Jeans

Facts: Mother and Father are the never-married parents of two minor children. After they split in 2005, the trial court approved their agreed permanent parenting plan, which plan provided for rotating the children every two weeks and designated Father as the primary residential parent. The parties later reconciled and lived together from 2007 until 2009, […]

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Tennessee Divorce Lawyer’s List of Things Every Divorced or Divorcing Parent Should Do: Part Four

This is the fourth and final post in a four-part series where I will briefly recommend appropriate behaviors for parents during separation, courtroom proceedings, and following divorce. All recommendations are based on my personal experience as an attorney focusing on family law as well as the enormous body of social science research devoted to studying […]

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Tennessee Divorce Lawyer’s List of Things Every Divorced or Divorcing Parent Should Do: Part Three

This is Part Three of a four-part series where I will briefly recommend appropriate behaviors for parents during separation, courtroom proceedings, and following divorce. All recommendations are based on my personal experience as an attorney focusing on family law as well as the enormous body of social science research devoted to studying the effects of […]

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Divorce Etiquette 101: How to Handle the End of a Close Friend’s or Family Member’s Marriage

The following article by Denise Schipani was recently published in Woman’s Day. Divorce Etiquette 101 Learn how to gracefully navigate the end of a close friend’s or family member’s marriage There’s no denying that divorce is hardest on the couple and their children. But its effects can ripple out into the splitting spouses’ social spheres […]

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Administrative “Indication” of Child Sexual Abuse: Tennessee Dept. of Children’s Services v. Davis

Facts: Davis was the Executive Director of the Youth Emergency Shelter. Shortly after Child reviewed a comic book designed to help children recognize and disclose child sexual abuse, Child told Mother, a long-time employee at the youth shelter, that Davis had touched her inappropriately. Neither Mother nor a counselor who evaluated Child believed Child was […]

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Modification of Parenting Schedule: Schreur v. Garner

Facts: Mother and Father divorced in 2007. Father was named the primary residential parent of their two children. Mother had the children on extended alternating weekends (Friday to Tuesday) and one overnight visit the following week. Mother filed a petition seeking a modification of the parenting schedule to alternating weeks and requesting that she be named […]

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Child Custody: Don’t Go to Divorce Court Without Reading This

Dr. Alan Ravitz, a forensic psychiatrist at the Child Mind Institute, offers the following advice: Divorce is almost never easy, especially when there are children involved, and it’s often seriously rancorous. After seeing your kids every day, you suddenly face the prospect of becoming peripheral to their lives; this can be incredibly painful. The temptation […]

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Dating After Divorce

Divorce changes lives and can be painful. Although men and women and in many cases the children of the marriage are challenged, some people need longer to recover or grieve the loss of their spouse than others do. Remember your situation is unique and can’t be compared to another person’s whether that person is a […]

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In re Kaitlyn M.W.

Facts: Mother and Father became teenaged parents. They entered an agreed parenting plan designating Mother as the primary residential parent. When Father married Stepmother, problems arose. Stepmother and Father made numerous reports about Mother to the Department of Children’s Services and local police, neither of which took any action against Mother. Father filed a petition for […]

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How To Tell Your Spouse You Want A Divorce

The following is excertped from a recent article written by a family court judge in Chicago: [H]ow you begin your case may define how your case unfolds and what the emotional and financial costs are to you and your family. You don’t know how your spouse will act, or who will they become. One friend […]

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Lawrence v. Lawrence

Facts: While the parties’ divorce action was pending, Mother secretly recorded a telephone call between Father and their 2-1/2 year old child. Mother was not a party to the conversation and Child was too young to consent to the recording. Mother gave the recording to a psychologist for consideration relative to the parties’ custody dispute. […]

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In re Keri C.

Facts: Mother tested positive for cocaine when Child was born prematurely so the Department of Children’s Services removed Child from Mother and eventually placed Child with relatives. Mother would see Child briefly at occasional family gatherings. When Mother announced her intent to seek custody of Child, the relatives petitioned to terminate Mother’s parental rights and […]

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