Denial of Visitation in Tennessee Divorce: Melvin v. Melvin

Facts: The parties’ divorce trial involved disputes about custody and visitation issues. After hearing the evidence, the trial court found Father called Mother ugly names, belittled her, and made inappropriate demands.” The trial court also stated that it believed Father “has an attitude of superiority towards [Mother] and all women in general.” The trial court […]

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Relocation and Change of Child Custody in Tennessee: In re Iyana R.W.

Facts: Mother and Father were never married but their relationship produced Child. When they split, a parenting plan was implemented designating Mother as the primary residential parent and establishing each parent’s co-parenting time. Mother eventually married a member of the military who was stationed in Colorado. Mother notified Father of her intent to relocate and […]

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Contempt and Change of Child Custody: In re Becka L.A.K.

Facts: Mother and Child relocated from Tennessee to New York State. Father’s court-ordered parenting time was to take place mostly during the summer and school holidays. After Father alleged Mother had thwarted his visitation on three occasions, Father filed a Petition for Contempt and to Change Custody. Father alleged Mother’s conduct amounted to a material […]

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Termination of Parental Rights: In re Jaleia M.R.

Facts: Child was born to Mother. When Child was three months old, Mother asked married Third Parties to help care for Child, which they did 1-2 days a week, gradually increasing to three days and two nights each week. When Mother was facing the possibility of incarceration resulting from a probation violation, Mother asked Third […]

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Child Custody and Supervised Visitation in Tennessee: Malmquist v. Malmquist

Facts: After two children and only five months of marriage, Husband and Wife began divorce proceedings, after which unnecessarily protracted litigation ensued. The parties inundated the trial court with filings over a two-year period, many of which contained alarming but ultimately unproven accusations. After one transfer of the case and the withdrawal of many attorneys […]

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Discovery and Visitation in Tennessee Divorce: Shaw v. Shaw

Facts: During divorce proceeding, Child allegedly accused Father of sexual abuse. The Department of Children’s Services investigated and found the allegations to be unfounded. Mother also found video cameras had been¬†surreptitiously¬†installed in Child’s bathroom. Father claimed that he installed the cameras because many times when he would call to speak with the children at night, […]

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