Grounds for Termination of Parental Rights in Tennessee: In re Joshua S.

Facts: Mother and Father lost custody of Child after their drug abuse led to Child being declared dependent and neglected. Child was placed in the custody of Foster Parents. Mother and Father were directed to remedy the issues that led to the removal of Child from their custody. Meanwhile, Mother and Father moved to South […]

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Frivolous Post-Divorce Petitions Leads to Change of Custody and Attorney’s Fees: Payne v. Payne

Facts:¬†Father was named the primary residential parent when the parties were divorced, and Mother was granted liberal parenting time with Child. Father filed three separate petitions during the following three years seeking to modify and limit Mother’s time with Child. Each time, the trial court entered a temporary ex parte restraining order prohibiting Mother from […]

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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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Changing Child’s Last Name in Tennessee: Sullivan v. Brooks

Facts: Mother and Father, who were never married to each other, are parents of a child born in 2008. Eight days after the birth of the parties’ child, Father filed a Petition to Establish Parentage. The petition included a request to change the child’s surname, which request Mother opposed. After a hearing, the trial court […]

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Hall v. Hall

Facts: The parties were divorced in 1995. In 2001, Wife filed a petition to modify Husband’s child support obligation on the grounds of Husband’s increased income. After numerous hearings before different judicial officers (Special Masters, Judge) resulting in numerous interim findings, a final order was entered in 2009. The Child Support Guidelines are amended from […]

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