Unmarried Parents Are Increasingly Cohabitating

This recent article by Hope Yen in the Washington Post may be of interest to readers of this blog. More couples who become parents are living together but not marrying, data show No longer taboo, living together has become a more common arrangement for U.S. couples who become pregnant while dating. Soon-to-be-released government figures show […]

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More Grandparents Serving as Primary Caregivers to Children

After all the grandparent visitation posts on this blog from the last few weeks, I thought this article by Emily Alpert in the Los Angeles Times might be of interest. More grandparents serving as primary caregivers to children The number of grandparents caring for children surged during the economic downturn amid financial woes. Military service […]

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Termination of Parental Rights Reversed in Gallatin Adoption: In re Kaleb N.F.

Facts: When Child was 11 months old, the Department of Children’s Services (“DCS”) investigated a report of drug abuse by Mother and domestic violence in the home. When the investigation revealed the truth of the report, DCS advised Mother that Child would be removed from the home. Mother was advised that Child would go into […]

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Is Divorce Bad for Children?

This recent article by Hal Arkowitz and Scott Lilienfield in Scientific American may be of interest to readers of this blog. Is Divorce Bad for Children? The break-up may be painful, but research reveals that most kids adjust well over time Many of the 1.5 million children in the U.S. whose parents divorce every year […]

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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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Termination of Parental Rights Not in Child’s Best Interest in Murfreesboro: In re Madilene G.R.

Facts: After a brief sexual relationship with Father ended, Mother discovered she was pregnant. When she informed Father of the pregnancy and her belief that he was the biological father, Father responded stating he was skeptical as to the paternity of Child. Mother requested no support from Father for any pregnancy-related expenses during her pregnancy and Father […]

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How to Talk to Your Kids About the School Shooting

After what happened in Connecticut today, I want to share this article by Emily Yoffe at Slate.com with my readers: How to Talk to Your Kids About the School Shooting What do you say to your elementary-school-aged children about the mass slaughter of children at an elementary school? I put this question to Dr. Alan E. Kazdin, director […]

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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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Tennessee Divorce Lawyer’s List of Things Every Divorced or Divorcing Parent Should Do: Part Two

This is Part Two 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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Tennessee Divorce Lawyer’s List of Things Every Divorced or Divorcing Parent Should Do: Part One

This is Part One 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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Reversal of Trial Court’s Child Custody Ruling: K.B.J. v. T.J.

Facts: Husband and Wife were married 17 years. They have two children. Wife filed for divorce and alleged that Husband regularly viewed pornographic web sites, had various meetings with people he met on adult dating sites, and had an affair. Husband did not dispute these claims. Prior to the separation, Wife was the primary caregiver […]

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