Does the source of a child-support payment matter in Tennessee courts?
When are party-prepared orders improper in Tennessee courts?
When will inadequate notice undo a termination of parental rights and stepparent adoption in Tennessee?
Studies show open adoptions are largely beneficial. Children are less inclined to blame themselves, or to idolize their birthparents and demonize their adoptive parents. There is also the advantage of knowing family and medical histories.
When must a guardian ad litem be appointed in Tennessee, and what is the guardian’s role?
What is token support for purposes of terminating parental rights in Tennessee?
When is it in a child’s best interest to terminate parental rights in Tennessee?
When can a Tennessee court use an order prepared by a lawyer?
When can parental rights in Tennessee be terminated for substantial noncompliance with a permanency plan?
Is a parent’s failure to visit willful when the other parent prevents it?
What is a “willful” failure to visit that may result in the termination of parental rights in Tennessee?
When is the failure to visit one’s child not willful?
Lawyers are taught to avoid asking one question too many. It turns out there’s an inverse to that rule.
The legislature says a notice of appeal in a termination of parental rights case must be signed by the appellant. The Court of Appeals dismissed several such appeals solely because the notice of appeal was signed by the lawyer. Now the Tennessee Supreme Court weighs in.