Finding of No Material Change Reversed in Nashville, Tennessee Child-Custody Change: In re Jonathan S. jr.

Facts: Mother and Father, the parents of Child, never married, and their relationship ended several months after Child was born. Several years later, they entered an agreed parenting plan that allowed Father to have parenting time one weekend per month and for extended periods during school holidays. By then, Mother was married and living in […]

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Primary Residential Parent Designation Examined in Chattanooga, TN Child-Custody Dispute: Bell v. Bell

Facts: Mother and Father divorced in 2012. Their parenting plan designated them as “co-primary residential parents” of their two children, and they shared equal parenting time. The parenting plan provided that Father is designated the primary residential parent for purposes of federal and state statutes. Father remarried and had another child. Mother moved in with the […]

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Change of Child Custody Reversed in Nashville, TN Parenting Plan Modification Dispute: In Re Braylin D.

Facts: Mother and father are the never-married parents of Child. A parenting plan was entered designating Mother as the primary residential parent and granting Father 103 days of parenting time. Several years later, Father petitioned to modify the parenting plan. Mother counter-petitioned to modify the parenting plan. The trial court heard proof that both parties […]

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Best Interest Assessment Reversed for Abuse of Discretion in Chattanooga, TN Child Custody Case: C.W.H. v. L.A.S.

Facts: Mother and Father, who were never married, entered an agreed parenting plan establishing a long-distance parenting schedule because of Mother’s relocation with the children to Ohio (and later Nevada). The agreed parenting plan designated Mother as the primary residential parent. Very shortly thereafter, Father petitioned to change custody on the grounds that the agreed parenting plan […]

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No Material Change in Postdivorce Child Custody Dispute in Hohenwald, TN: Kelly v. Kelly

Facts: When Mother and Father divorced, they entered an agreed parenting plan giving Mother 285 days of parenting time and 80 days for Father. Ten months later, Father petitioned to change custody. He alleged Mother was failing to properly parent and supervise their daughter. Father specifically alleged that Mother failed to supervised their daughter with […]

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Material Change Questioned in Columbia, TN Child Custody Case: Williamson v. Lamm

Facts: When Mother and Father divorced in 2011, they entered an agreed parenting plan they gave them equal parenting time and designated Mother as the primary residential parent. The plan provided that once Child reached school age, they would decide where he would attend school. After the divorce, Mother moved to Clarksville while Father remained […]

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Finding of No Material Change Reversed in Clarksville, TN Parenting Plan Modification: Wilkerson v. Wilkerson

Facts: Mother and Father, the parents of three children, divorced in 2009. Mother was designated the primary residential parent. Father received 90 days of parenting time. In 2012, Mother petitioned to modify the parenting schedule because Father had moved to Texas. Father responded with a counter-petition requesting a change of custody. At trial, both parties […]

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Child Custody Change Reversed in Chattanooga, TN for Applying Wrong Material Change Standard: Newberry v. Newberry

Facts: Mother and Father divorced in 2010, at which time Mother was named the primary residential parent of their three children. Four years later, Father petitioned to change custody. Father alleged Mother was “making poor parenting decisions,” did not assist the children with their homework, allowed their oldest daughter to be alone with her boyfriend […]

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