New “Reasonable Purpose” Standard Results in Reversal of Nashville, TN Parental Relocation Case: Stringer v. Stringer

Facts: Mother and Father are the parents of Child. When they divorced in Texas, Mother was designated the primary residential parent. They subsequently moved to Tennessee. In 2015, Mother notified Father of her intention to relocate with Child back to Texas to accept an employment opportunity. Mother was also motivated by the fact that her […]

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Extraordinary Appeal Results in Reversal of Emergency Change in Custody in Roane County, TN Parenting Dispute: Milton v. Harness

Facts: Mother and Father never married. Child was born in 2010 in Arizona. Mother listed Father on Child’s birth certificate. Initially, Father lived in California while Mother and Child lived in Arizona. Mother granted Father informal visitation with Child on a regular basis. Father would travel to Arizona for this visitation. Later, Father moved to […]

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Incorrect Burden of Proof Leads to Reversal in Nashville, TN Parental Relocation Case: Stanley v. Stanley

Facts: Mother and Father are the parents of two children. Everyone lived in Oklahoma until moving to Tennessee in 2005. Mother and Father divorced in 2008 in Nashville. Under the operative parenting plan, Father was designated the primary residential parent. Mother was awarded 110 days of parenting time. On March 2, 2015, Mother received via […]

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Finding of No Reasonable Purpose for Relocation Reversed in Chattanooga, TN Postdivorce Case: Mouton v. Mouton

Facts: Mother and Father, the parents of two children, married and lived in Colorado for many years until moving to Tennessee. About six months after moving to Tennessee, Mother and Father separated. Over a year later, Mother filed for divorce. Each parent was designated the primary residential parent for one child, with the other parent […]

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Reasonable Purpose Leads to Parental Relocation in Lewisburg, TN Child Custody Dispute: Slavko v. Slavko

Facts: Mother and Father, the parents of two children, were divorced in 2012. Mother was designated the primary residential parent. Father received 119 days of parenting time. In 2015, Mother provided Father with a notice of intent to relocate to Pennsylvania, citing her desire to reside with her current husband, an employment opportunity, an educational opportunity, […]

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Misapplication of Parental Relocation Statute OK in Jackson, TN Child Custody Case: Dayhoff v. Cathey

Facts: Mother and Father are the unmarried parents of two children. After parentage was established, Father sought equal parenting time. Mother sent Father a notice of her intent to relocate with the children to the Nashville area. The letter told Father that Mother had accepted “an opportunity for advancement” with her employer. Father filed a petition […]

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Anti-Parental Relocation Provision in Parenting Plan Ruled Unenforceable in Fayetteville, TN: Self v. Self

Facts: Mother and Father, parents of three children, divorced in 2009. They agreed to a parenting plan awarding 182 days to Father and 183 days to Mother based on an alternating week-to-week schedule. Notably, the parenting plan contained the following provision in Paragraph J: If either party should relocate from Lincoln County, Tennessee, the children shall […]

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Parental Relocation Prohibited in Chattanooga: Lawrence v. Broadnax

Facts: Mother and Father divorced in April 2012. Mother was designated the primary residential parent of Child, while Father was awarded 104 days of parenting time. In October 2014, Mother provided Father with a notice of intent to relocate to Philadelphia, citing an employment opportunity as the reason for the relocation. Father filed a timely […]

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Untimely Petition Leads to Parental Relocation in Lebanon, TN: Buchanan v. Buchanan

Facts: Mother, a German citizen, married Father while he was stationed in Germany with the United States Army. They moved to the United States, had one child, and later divorced. At the time of divorce, they entered an agreed parenting plan designating Mother as the primary residential parent and awarding Father 122 days of parenting […]

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Allocation of Travel Expenses After Parental Relocation Affirmed in Williamson County, TN: Dahl v. Young

Facts: Mother and Father divorced in 2010. Mother was named the primary residential parent and was awarded 223 days of parenting time to Father’s 142 days. Two years later, Mother married an officer in the United States Navy. Mother’s husband received orders requiring him to move to Virginia. Mother notified Father of her desire to relocate […]

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