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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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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Cardwell v. Hutchinson

Facts: Petitioner is mentally disabled and was sexually abused by Respondent, who was the youth leader at Petitioner’s church. Petitioner obtained an order of protection prohibiting Respondent from from contacting Petitioner.  The order also prohibited Respondent from attending Petitioner’s church so long as Petitioner continued to attend that church. The order expired after one year, […]

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