Equal Parenting Time Rejected in Chattanooga Parenting Plan Modification: Taylor v. Taylor

Facts: Mother and Father married in 2008, had Child in 2009, separated in 2010, and divorced in 2011. The trial court approved their agreed parenting plan with a schedule that provided for equal time while designating Mother as the primary residential parent. Around three months after the divorce, Mother petitioned to modify the parenting schedule […]

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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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Tips for Handling Visitation Over the Holidays

This recent article by Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker provides some helpful tips for handling visitation with children during the Christmas holidays. A Different Date Isn’t Second Rate: Caring for Kids At Christmas If there’s ever a time for divorced parents to be cooperative, it’s around Christmas. For children, the buildup starts at Halloween. Decorations are up […]

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Guidelines for Managing Your Divorce

The following article by Leo Averbach might be of interest to readers of this blog. How To Manage Your Divorce: Six Guidelines Divorce is traumatic. For the couple, the breakup of their marriage is a massive upheaval aggravated by severe stress, heartbreak and pain. Divorce is so cataclysmic that it has been compared to an […]

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Modification of Grandparent Visitation in Tennessee: Lovlace v. Copley

Facts: In their divorce, Mother was designated the primary residential parent of Child and Father was awarded supervised visitation. Eventually, Mother married Stepfather. The paternal grandparents petitioned for grandparent visitation, which ultimately led to an agreed order providing for grandparent visitation. Several years later, Father consented to Stepfather’s adoption of Child. The order of adoption […]

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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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Grandparent Visitation in Tennessee

Grandparents in Tennessee are statutorily entitled to visitation rights with their grandchildren under certain circumstances. Over the past few years, the Court of Appeals has attempted to clarify when these grandparent visitation rights may and may not be granted. The statute. Tenn. Code Ann. § 36-6-306 identifies certain circumstances in which grandparents are entitled to court-ordered visitation […]

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