Tennessee Family Law Legislative Update 2017

Hello, friends! It’s that time of year again—time to review how our legislators made Tennessee family law worse than it was this time last year. First, let’s all take a minute to chug a jar of East Tennessee moonshine to prepare ourselves for what’s to come. OK, now that we’re sufficiently numb, let’s get started. Hit us with your best shot, […]

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Tennessee Family Law Legislative Update 2016

Things were relatively quiet on the family-law front this past legislative session. Notably missing, however, was any effort to update the various family-law statutes to account for the constitutionally-protected rights of same-sex parents. Until that happens, Tennessee children and their same-sex parents will continue to navigate in an atmosphere of legal uncertainty. There were several […]

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Tennessee Divorce and Family Law Legislative Preview 2015

The Tennessee Legislature has begun its 2015 session. Several bills affecting family law have been introduced. Below is a brief summary of some pending family law legislation. Senate Bill 101/House Bill 90: This would allow a child support obligor and the obligee to enter into a written settlement to forgive accrued principal and interest on a child […]

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Family Law Annual Review CLE Road Report: Nashville

Yesterday our tour of Tennessee took us to Nashville and the lovely Belmont College of Law. The evening before the seminar, John made his way to the Dan McGuinness Irish Pub for dinner only to stumble into a weekly trivia competition. Of course, John dominated the competition and won first place, beating several Vanderbilt students […]

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Family Law Annual Review CLE Road Report: Jackson

This morning we continued our tour of Tennessee with a stop in Jackson, home of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. We enjoyed meeting the leading matrimonial lawyers in Jackson, a few of whom expressed their love of East Tennessee scenery after watching the photo slideshow that plays before the seminar starts. The presentation went well. Betty Stafford Scott, […]

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Family Law Annual Review CLE Road Report: Memphis

This morning we kicked off our tour of Tennessee with a visit to the FedEx Institute at the University of Memphis. We were well received by a group of friendly matrimonial lawyers who are now armed with the latest arguments available from Tennessee’s appellate courts. The facility was ideal, the coffee was fresh, the food […]

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Update on the Tennessee Family Law Annual Review Seminar

In two weeks, John and I will embark on our CLE tour across the state to present “Tennessee Family Law Update 2013.” The first week has us in Memphis, Jackson, and my hometown of Nashville. The following week we sweep through beautiful East Tennessee with visits to Chattanooga and Johnson City before returning to Knoxville […]

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Tennessee Family Law Legislative Update 2013

It is the first day of July, which is traditionally when much of the new legislation from this year’s legislative session goes into effect. In the few moments when it was not pandering to far right wing extremists and subjecting the State to well-deserved mockery from the rest of the Nation, the Tennessee Legislature managed […]

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Judgment for Overpayment of Child Support Required in Nashville Child Support Modification: Huffman v. Huffman

Facts: Mother and Father were divorced in 2002. In 2006, Father petitioned to modify his child support obligation. After the trial court ruled, Father successfully appealed. On remand, a different trial judge modified Father’s child support obligation and made it retroactive to the date of filing, i.e., 2006. This resulted in a finding that Father […]

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Joint Decision Making Changed to Sole Decision Making in Memphis Post-Divorce Dispute: Reeves v. Reeves

Facts: The parties, parents of three children, divorced in 2008. Mother was named the primary residential parent. Father was awarded 125 days of parenting time. The trial court also awarded joint decision-making authority, with the guardian ad litem as the final decision maker in the event of disagreement. Several years later, the parties sought various […]

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Award of Attorney’s Fees Reversed in Trenton Post-Divorce Child Support Dispute: Powers v. Powers

Facts: The parties divorced after nine years of marriage. They have one child. When they divorced, they entered into a marital dissolution agreement in which Father agreed to pay one-half of Child’s college expenses, including “tuition, books, living expenses, etc.” The marital dissolution agreement did not contain an express provision related to attorney’s fees. Years later, […]

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Modification of Permanent Parenting Plans in Tennessee

This recent article by Marlene Moses in the Tennessee Bar Journal may be of interest to readers of this blog. Modification of Permanent Parenting Plans in Tennessee I worry when a client appears to be on the verge of giving up on getting the terms of an initial Permanent Parenting Plan just right. Whether they […]

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Equal Parenting Time Rejected in Johnson City Divorce: Pandian v. Rodriguez

Facts: Mother and Father, both psychiatrists, married in 1998 and have two children. They divorced after 14 years of marriage. Proof at trial showed the older son suffers from speech delay, has a lot of anxiety, and requires a great deal of structure in his life as a result of his issues, which include attention deficit […]

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