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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...

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...

The Paramour Provision and Child Custody – Part 2

It's probably too early to say the paramour provision is dead, but the rules are changing for the better. read more...

Dating while Separated

So what's the problem? The divorce has been filed. The parties are separated. The kids are spending time with each parent. The divorce is so close you can taste it, why not go ahead get out there, have some fun, and re-enter the dating scene? read more...

Misguided Child Support Enforcement – Part 2

The story I'm about to tell you is my favorite example of how goofy our child support laws can be. Read it and tell me what you think. read more...

Khloe and Lamar Reach Prenuptial Agreement

The subject of prenuptial (also called an antenuptial) agreeements certainly make for good entertainment in sitcoms and tablids. While many people think they know what a "prenup" is and how one works, misconceptions about. I'm going to give you a quick summary of how these agreements work in ... read more...

How to Change Custody in Tennessee

The courts in Tennessee follow a two step process when considering whether to modify your Parenting Plan.  First, the judge must find there has been a material change in circumstances.  Then, the court must find that a change in the Parenting Plan is in the best interests of the children. This ... read more...