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The mother argued that because of her move to Johnson City, the trial court should have considered her ability to enroll the children there.  But the appeals court noted that she had already moved when the original plan was adopted.  Therefore, there had been no change of circumstances. Tennessee child custody modification case summary. Travis Payne v. Jessica Payne The mother and father in this Greene County, Tennessee, case were divorced in 2016 and had…
Ex-Wife’s Attorney Should Have Made Sure QDRO Correct Tennessee case summary after divorce regarding QDRO and retirement division. Darlene Christmas Murray (Godsey) v. Louis Wade Godsey The husband and wife in this Roane County, Tennessee case were married in 1976, and shortly thereafter the husband joined the navy.  He later worked for the Federal Aviation Administration and participated in the Civil Service Retirement System and the Thrift Savings Plan.  They were divorced in 1994, and…
The legislative policy is to give a child the surname of the mother unless a change would promote the child’s interests. Tennessee child name change case summary. Michael Ashley Lockhart v. Casey Dawn Higgins The child in this Warren County, Tennessee, case was born to unwed parents in 2018, and the father filed a petition to establish paternity about two weeks later.  The petition included a request to change the child’s surname to his. The…
Tennessee case summary after divorce. Deborah Bistolfi Felker et al., v. Rex Stephen Felker The husband and wife in this Shelby County, Tennessee, case were divorced in 2005 and executed a marital dissolution agreement.  Among other things, the agreement provided that the husband must maintain a life insurance policy of $150,000 naming the son as beneficiary.  He also agreed to other provisions relating to the insurance. By 2019, the husband had moved to another county,…
Tennessee case summary on property division and business valuation in divorce Tennessee case summary on property division and business valuation in divorce. Angela Michelle Cela v. Sokol Cela The husband and wife in this Montgomery County, Tennessee, case were married in 2002 and had a son and daughter.  The husband was in the military from 1997 until 2018, after which he retired and became a commercial pilot.  The wife was initially a stay-at-home mom, but…
Tennessee Family Law: New Laws in 2021 It goes without saying that the past year has presented state governments with some of the most novel and divisive issues of recent memory.  However, the Tennessee General Assembly still managed to pass some legislation relating to family law. Below is, in our opinion, what changes matter most.  This does not comprise all changes in 2021. Protections for Victims of Domestic Abuse Victims of domestic abuse, stalking, and/or…
Tennessee case summary on property division in divorce. Richard Alan Shannon v. Genera Carandang Shannon But even though the husband had in the military for 25 years, the agreement made no specific mention of his entitlement to military benefits. The husband and wife in this Montgomery County, Tennessee, case divorced in 2017 after 23 years of marriage.  They had entered into a marital dissolution agreement.  But even though the husband had in the military for…
Tennessee divorce case summary on domestic violence. Amber Lyn Rogers v. Joshua Michael Rogers, Sr. Wife’s Guilty Plea Did Not Preclude Order for Protection The wife in this Blount County, Tennessee, case filed for an order of protection from her estranged husband.  In her petition, she alleged that the husband placed her in a wrist lock and dragged her, as she screamed that he was hurting her.  She also related other occasions when the husband…
Tennessee child custody and same sex marriage case summary in divorce. Cedra Deanntre Potts (Taylor) v. Starr Anastasia Potts Child Born Prior to Same-Sex Marriage Is Child of Marriage Prior to the legal recognition of same-sex marriage, the parties in this Davidson County, Tennessee, case participated in civil union ceremonies, and decided to have children through in vitro fertilization.  The plaintiff was impregnated with embryos created from plaintiff’s eggs and donated sperm.  Both parties signed…