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Payment for Private School Tuition Overturned

The Tennessee Court of Appeals recently considered a case where a father was ordered by a Trial Court to pay for private school tuition for a school he didn't want his daughter to attend, at double the cost of the school where he thought the child should be enrolled. read more...

Tennessee Restricts Judgments for Unpaid Child Support

Starting July 1st, 2017, a new law in Tennessee says that a judgment for unpaid child support can not go back farther than five years of missed payments. Child support arrearages limited Why would the legislature do this?   Shouldn’t deadbeat dads be required to support their children? ... read more...

TN Supreme Court Makes it Easier to Move Away with the Kids

The Tennessee Supreme Court recently made a significant change to Tennessee Law that will make it easier for one parent to move the kids away from the other parent. read more...

What is an Order of Protection?

This is a very simplified summary of Orders of Protection.  A complete description would require a lot more space and honestly would be a lot more than a normal person wants to read. First: Seek Help If you are a victim of domestic violence, you should seek help from the police or do a google ... read more...

Why You Can’t Terminate the Other Parent’s Rights

I get a lot of emails from a parent who wants to terminate the rights of the other parent of their child. It's almost always a mother wanting to terminate the parental rights of the father. Most often, I have to tell people that they simply cannot do what they want. Here's why. read more...

New Laws in Tennessee!

There are several new laws coming into effect in Tennessee that may be of interest to people involved in divorce, custody, or child support cases.   SB101 / HB90 Forgiving accrued principal and interest on child support. Previously, child support was a requirement and any unpaid support ... read more...

Father Loses Battle for Equal Parenting Time

This case struck me as odd because the father really wanted equal parenting time with his kids, but the trial court only gave him 91 days per year.  When he complained, the Appellate Court suggested that he not worry about it because even though the trial court only counted 91 days in the ... read more...
New Divorce and Custody Laws in Tennessee

New Divorce and Custody Laws in Tennessee

Several important new laws concerning divorce and custody were just put into effect on July 1st.  Some are more important than others, but family law attorneys in Tennessee need to be aware of the changes and possibly working additional language into new parenting plans.   Parenting plans ... read more...
New Tennessee Law Clarifies Custody and Parental Rights

New Tennessee Law Clarifies Custody and Parental Rights

In the last legislative session, our lawmakers decided to clarify the factors that Tennessee family courts must consider when developing parenting schedules for parents of minor children.  The lawmakers state in the bill that the prior factors caused “confusion and inconsistent ... read more...

Termination of Parental Rights Due to Abandonment

In Tennessee, a person's parental rights can be terminated if the parent fails to visit or support the children. These cases are very serious and this case summary is a pretty good example of how a court handles this issue. read more...