Parental Alienation and Persistent Claims of Sexual Abuse Leads to Change of Custody in Tennessee: In re Jonathan S. C-B

Facts: Mother and Father were never married. They lived together, had a child, and separated when Child was 3.5 years old. After what the Court described as a “highly contentious” trial lasting seven days, Mother was named the primary residential parent. Because of a history of substance abuse, Father’s parenting time was to be supervised […]

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Administrative “Indication” of Child Sexual Abuse: Tennessee Dept. of Children’s Services v. Davis

Facts: Davis was the Executive Director of the Youth Emergency Shelter. Shortly after Child reviewed a comic book designed to help children recognize and disclose child sexual abuse, Child told Mother, a long-time employee at the youth shelter, that Davis had touched her inappropriately. Neither Mother nor a counselor who evaluated Child believed Child was […]

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Discovery and Visitation in Tennessee Divorce: Shaw v. Shaw

Facts: During divorce proceeding, Child allegedly accused Father of sexual abuse. The Department of Children’s Services investigated and found the allegations to be unfounded. Mother also found video cameras had been¬†surreptitiously¬†installed in Child’s bathroom. Father claimed that he installed the cameras because many times when he would call to speak with the children at night, […]

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