Same-Sex Parents Still Face Legal Complications

This article by Elizabeth Harris in The New York Times will be of interest. Same-sex parents in Tennessee can relate. Same-Sex Parents Still Face Legal Complications At gay pride marches around the country this month, there will be celebrations of marriage, a national right that, at just two years old, feels freshly exuberant to many […]

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Superior Parental Rights at Issue in Pulaski, TN Change of Child Custody: Holley v. Ortiz

Facts: Mother is the biological mother of two children aged 3 and 4. At the time of their births, Mother was unmarried and resided with her parents, the children’s maternal grandparents. Grandparents petitioned to terminate Mother’s parental rights and to adopt the children. They allege that Mother moved out of their home several years earlier […]

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Award of Child Custody to Nonparent Reversed in Crossville, TN: Vinson v. Ball

Facts: Mother and Father are the unmarried parents of two children. The parents eventually separated, and Father returned to his family home in Louisiana. An agreed order was entered naming Mother the primary residential parent. Father was granted visitation with the children for the entire month of June, one weekend per month, and alternating holidays. […]

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Superior Parental Rights Retained after Temporary Change of Custody in Clarksville, TN: Bryan v. Miller

Facts: Mother was designated the primary residential parent of Child when she and Father divorced. Years later, Father obtained emergency temporary custody because Mother was homeless and suffering from mental health issues. Shortly thereafter, the trial court entered an “Interim Agreed Order” providing that Child would physically reside with his maternal grandmother. A year later, […]

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