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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No Grounds for Termination of Parental Rights in Tennessee: In re Alex B.T.

Facts: Mother is the parent of Child, whose biological father is unknown. When Mother was incarcerated for domestic violence, Mother’s sister and brother-in-law obtained temporary custody of Child and became Child’s Legal Guardians. Mother retained “reasonable and liberal visitation” rights. For a few years, Mother had no visitation with Child. Legal Guardians filed a petition […]

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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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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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Reinagel v. Reinagel

Facts: Upon divorce, Mother was named primary residential parent for Child.  Several years later, Father filed petition to change custody.  The trial court found Father had proved a material change of circumstances but found the parenting plan should not be changed in a “major way.”  The trial court modified the parenting schedule but did not […]

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