Termination of Parental Rights in Tennessee: In re Dylan M.J.

Facts: Child was born to unmarried, teenage parents. Paternity, child support, and a visitation schedule were established. Father fell behind on child support from time-to-time and would have to catch up. After Father’s parents moved to another state an eight-hour drive away, Father’s visitation became more sporadic. Father was convicted of and put on probation […]

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Relocation: In re Spencer E.

Facts: Parents divorced and agreed on a parenting plan naming Father as the primary residential parent of the parties’ children. Mother had co-parenting time each Wednesday after school and every other weekend. Several years later, Mother filed an action in Juvenile Court alleging dependence and neglect for the way Father disciplined one child (it involved […]

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In re Kaitlyn M.W.

Facts: Mother and Father became teenaged parents. They entered an agreed parenting plan designating Mother as the primary residential parent. When Father married Stepmother, problems arose. Stepmother and Father made numerous reports about Mother to the Department of Children’s Services and local police, neither of which took any action against Mother. Father filed a petition for […]

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Grandparent Visitation in Tennessee

Grandparents in Tennessee are statutorily entitled to visitation rights with their grandchildren under certain circumstances. Over the past few years, the Court of Appeals has attempted to clarify when these grandparent visitation rights may and may not be granted. The statute. Tenn. Code Ann. § 36-6-306 identifies certain circumstances in which grandparents are entitled to court-ordered visitation […]

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