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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2011 Tennessee Legislative Update Part II

More on new family law legislation from the Tennessee Legislature in 2011: Orders of Protection. A new law specifies that an ex parte order of protection issued to protect the petitioner from domestic abuse, stalking, or domestic assault may require the respondent to immediately vacate the residence shared with the petitioner, pending a hearing on the matter. 2011 PC 253, effective 5/23/11. […]

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Modification of Agreed Child Support in Tennessee: Henderson v. Wilson

Facts: Mother and Father married in 1990, had two children, and divorced in 1992. Father was awarded custody and Mother was ordered to pay $50 per week for child support. Mother paid a total of $700, all of which was paid in 2000. Father filed a petition in 2000 to increase Mother’s child support, which […]

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“Severe Child Abuse” in Tennessee Dependency and Neglect Matter: In re Samaria S.

Facts: Mother gave birth to premature twins. Before the hospital released the infants to Mother’s care, she was given extensive instructions on their feeding. Two weeks later, one twin was hospitalized, near death from severe malnutrition and dehydration. Days later, the other twin was hospitalized, also severely malnourished and dehydrated. The twins were taken into […]

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Dependency and Neglect: In re Nirvanna S.

Facts: Mother and Father were parents to two girls, Dreama and Nirvanna (“Child”). Dreama died. A medical examination revealed old and new bruises on several areas of her body, torn rectal tissue, and multiple broken and fractured bones. The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (“DCS”) brought an action to remove Child from her parents’ custody […]

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Child Support Modification in Tennessee: Farris v. Bryant

Facts: Father, acting without a lawyer, failed to offer evidence of his income at the parties’ divorce trial so income was imputed to him in order to determine child support. Father was later found to be in contempt after falling behind on his child support obligation. Father filed a petition to modify his child support, […]

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Damages for Child Support After a False Claim of Paternity: Hodge v. Craig

Facts: While Mother and Husband were dating, Mother became pregnant and told Husband the soon-to-be Son was his. The parties married and Son was born. Husband was listed on Son’s birth certificate. Husband also adopted Daughter, Mother’s child from a prior relationship. Father then decided he did not want to have any more children and had […]

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