Default Judgment Modifying Parenting Schedule and Child Support Reversed In Sparta, TN: Lawson v. Stewart

Facts: When Mother and Father divorced in 2009, Mother was designated the primary residential parent for their child, and Father was awarded 109 days of parenting time. Father’s child-support obligation was determined to be $220 a month. In 2016, Mother petitioned to modify the parenting plan to reduce Father’s parenting time and increase his child-support […]

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Anti-Gay “Lifestyle” Provisions Reversed in Sumner County, Tennessee Divorce: Brantley v. Brantley

Facts: Father and Mother, the parents of two children, presented with an uncontested divorce on grounds of irreconcilable differences. Their agreement was contained within the proposed final decree of divorce that incorporated a marital dissolution agreement and permanent parenting plan that had been signed by both parties. At the hearing for the trial court to […]

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Less Parenting Time Than Other Parent Proposed Affirmed in Williamson County, TN Visitation Dispute: Kennedy v. Kennedy

Facts: Shortly after the parties’ divorce, Father was designated the primary residential parent of Child and Mother received 125 days of parenting time. Two years later, Father petitioned to modify the schedule to reduce Mother’s parenting time to 80 days. He alleged that Mother was failing to exercise her parenting time as ordered. Mother admitted […]

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Not Enough Parenting Time in Loudon County, TN Divorce: Neveau v. Neveau

Facts: Father and Mother married five months before Child was born. After Child was born, Mother served as the primary caregiver. Father showed little interest in interacting with and had little involvement with Child. A few years after Child’s birth, Father relocated to Illinois. Mother remained in Tennessee. A divorce action began shortly thereafter. While […]

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Flexible Parenting Schedule Allows For “Maximum Participation” in Gallatin, TN Visitation Dispute: In re Maddox P.

Facts: An agreed parenting plan was entered in September 2012 granting Mother 245 days of parenting time to Father’s 120 days. Father, an airline pilot with an unfixed work schedule, was granted a “minimum” of 10 days each month. The parties were to operate in good faith toward coordinating Father’s parenting time around Father’s work […]

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Severe Limitation on Parenting Time Affirmed in Murfreesboro, TN Child Custody Dispute: In re Emily M.

Facts: Mother and Father are the unmarried parents of Child. Once paternity was established, the court approved their agreed parenting plan that provided for equal parenting time and designated Mother as the primary residential parent. Five years later, Father petitioned to change custody, alleging that Mother engaged in “erratic, irrational, and dangerous” behavior and had […]

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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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Equal Parenting Time Affirmed in Clarksville, TN Divorce: Spencer v. Spencer

Facts: Mother and Father, the parents of one child, divorced after 3 1/2 years of marriage. Mother and Father are both paramedics. Their work schedules require them to work a rotating shift of 24 hours on and 48 hours off. Mother’s schedule differs from Father’s in that it allows her one full week off from […]

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Substantial Restrictions on Parenting Time Affirmed in Murfreesboro, TN Divorce: Thompson v. Thompson

Facts: Mother and Father are the parents of Child. In this short marriage, Mother filed for divorce four months after Child’s birth. Father proposed a parenting plan that provided for equal parenting time. Mother proposed that Father’s parenting time be limited to daytime visitation until Child reached three years of age, followed by one overnight […]

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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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