January 7, 2015

Termination of Parental Rights Case: Act Promptly, Pursue Your Rights, or Lose!

Yesterday, the Court of Appeals released a case addressing the intervention of a party in this case Grandparents (both “as of right” and “permissive”) in a Termination of Parental Rights case and provided an excellent example of how appellate courts review “best interests” of the child when considering whether to terminate […]
January 5, 2015

Today is anniversay of the Second divorce in the New World…and it was granted on the grounds of Bigomy

Check out @SmithsonianMag’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/SmithsonianMag/status/552268516330831873?s=09
January 5, 2015

Court of Appeals clarifies what constitutes mediation duress and that no hearing is necessary for entry of a Final Decree of Divorce based upon Irreconcilable Differences

Lori Kay Jones Trigg v. Richard Darrell Trigg E2014-00860-COA-R3-CV In an irreconcilable differences divorce case the trial court entered a final judgment of divorce without either party appearing that incorporated the parties’ mediated marital dissolution agreement (both of the parties’ attorneys were present apparently). Shortly thereafter, Husband filed a motion […]
January 5, 2015

Tennessee Bar Association Seeking to Delay Public Disclosure of Divorce Filings

In today’s Daily Times is an article apparently lifted directly from The Associated Press NASHVILLE. This is particularly interesting given the Daily Times history of printing these filings regardless of whether there are pending criminal charges such as Domestic Violence, allegations of concerns regarding the children once the defendant spouse […]
January 4, 2015

Trial Judge decisions regarding the credibility and weight of telephonic witnesses testimony reviewed by same standard as other witnesses

Terri Ann Kelly v. Willard Reed Kelly This appeal involves the standard that appellate courts should use to review a trial court’s decision regarding the credibility of a witness who testifies by telephone. A mother of two children filed for divorce in the Circuit Court for Hamilton County. When the […]
January 4, 2015

A Doctor on How Physicians Face the End of Life – WSJ

In a 2003 article, Joseph J. Gallo and others looked at what physicians want when it comes to end-of-life decisions. In a survey of 765 doctors, they found that 64% had created an advanced directive—specifying what steps should and should not be taken to save their lives should they become […]
January 2, 2015

Agreed Divorces

First:  Make sure you need a divorce.  Every marriage has its ups and downs.  If you believe there is any realistic chance in saving your marriage (and you are safe, there is not adultery, criminal activity or any other reason that you need to immediately remove yourself from the marriage), take every […]
January 1, 2015

Initial Comment

Worked most of the first day of 2015 on getting my website out of the 1990’s. Still pretty rough but at least the bones of the site are in place….