Parent Granted Sole Decision-Making Authority over Children’s Religious Upbringing in Sparta, TN Postdivorce Dispute: Lewis v. Parmerter

Facts: Mother and Father are the parents of four children. When they divorced, their agreed parenting plan designated Mother as the primary residential parent and gave both parents joint decision-making authority regarding the children’s religious upbringing. Although the record is unclear, it appears Father moved to modify the parenting plan in some way (the motion […]

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Joint Decision-Making Reversed in Williamson County, TN Divorce: Madden v. Madden

Facts: Mother and Father are the parents of one child. They divorced after six years of marriage. In their proposed parenting plans, both Mother and Father opposed joint decision-making regarding the child’s education and nonemergency healthcare. Mother testified that Father frequently did not send the child to preschool and that he did not review the […]

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Agreed Parenting Schedule With Equal Time Rejected in Roane County Divorce: Holmes v. Holmes

Facts: Mother and Father,the parents of three children, divorced after 13 years of marriage. When the divorce trial began, the parents announced their agreement regarding the continuation of the equal time, alternate-week schedule they followed while the divorce was pending. The only issues presented for trial were (1) which parent would be named the primary […]

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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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Failure to Engage in Joint Decision Making Leads to Criminal Contempt in Knoxville Post-Divorce Dispute: Miller v. Miller

Facts: Mother and Father divorced in 2010. Their parenting plan provided that major decisions regarding religious upbringing would be made jointly by Mother and Father, and that if the parties disagreed about the parenting plan “disputes must be submitted to: Mediation by a neutral party chosen by the parents or the Court.” The parenting plan […]

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Joint Decision Making Changed to Sole Decision Making in Memphis Post-Divorce Dispute: Reeves v. Reeves

Facts: The parties, parents of three children, divorced in 2008. Mother was named the primary residential parent. Father was awarded 125 days of parenting time. The trial court also awarded joint decision-making authority, with the guardian ad litem as the final decision maker in the event of disagreement. Several years later, the parties sought various […]

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