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What is Standard Visitation?

“Standard Visitation” is a term you’ll hear at least a few times if you’re ever involved in a custody battle.  A lot of people think they know what it is, and a lot of people (including lawyers) insist that it’s just the way parenting time is split up in Tennessee. ... read more...

Mental Health Records in Child Custody Cases

New legislation in Tennessee may affect how medical health records may be acquired and used in child custody cases. read more...

New Child Custody Law in Tennessee

Some new legislation affecting child custody decisions took effect on July 1st in Tennessee.  I’ve previously written about the steps a court will take when developing a parenting schedule, including the factors the court must consider.  This new law modifies one of the factors found in ... read more...

Changing the Name of a Child Born to Unmarried Parents

Tennessee law says that when a child is born to married parents the child will have the father's last name, unless the parents request otherwise. However, a child born to parents who are not married will have the mother's last name unless both parties agree on another name. An action to ... read more...

Father Loses Custody After Repeated Frivolous Petitions

In this appellate court opinion, after the father's repeated frivolous claims against the mother it was reasonable to give custody of the minor child to the mother. read more...

What is a Parenting Plan?

A parenting plan is a document that will describe how you and your spouse will share the parenting responsibilities, as well as define who will be making certain decisions, and paying expenses, among other matters. read more...

Child Custody and Divorce

Cases involving custody are often the most heated, time consuming, and most expensive cases in the Family Court. Very often, the court finds itself trying to decide between two people who love their kids and want what's best for the children. How does the court do this? read more...

A BDSM, Polyamory, or Alternative Lifestyle Might Cost You Your Children

Participating in certain activities (like BDSM and polyamory) might result in the termination of your parental rights, according to one Court in Tennessee. You might be shocked to find out that a court might decide that you should know that your lifestyle will result in abuse to your child. read more...