Nashville Child Custody Lawyer, Tennessee


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Heather  Piper Lawyer

Heather Piper

VERIFIED
Divorce & Family Law, Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce

Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) delivers quality legal services in a variety of practice areas for over 20 years. Experience across legal disciplines co... (more)

Emily  Leininger Lawyer

Emily Leininger

VERIFIED
Divorce, Child Custody, Juvenile Law, Divorce & Family Law

Emily Moore Leininger practices primarily in the areas of Divorce, Family Law, and Juvenile Law. She handles cases of divorce, child custody and vi... (more)

Samuel Gray Holloway Lawyer

Samuel Gray Holloway

VERIFIED
Divorce & Family Law, Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support

focuses his practice in the areas of Family Law and Criminal Law. He earned his Doctorate of Jurisprudence at the University of Memphis School of Law.... (more)

Karla Hewitt Miller

Family Law, Divorce, Child Support, Child Custody
Status:  In Good Standing           
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Charles Ward Faquin

Bankruptcy & Debt, Litigation, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Social Security
Status:  Suspended           Licensed:  13 Years

Raquel Bellamy

Litigation, Immigration, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Asylum
Status:  In Good Standing           

David Ryan Grimmett

Child Custody, Divorce & Family Law, Administrative Law, Personal Injury, Accident & Injury
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  17 Years

Marlene Eskind Moses

Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Family Law, Child Custody
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  41 Years

Karen Cain

Child Custody, Juvenile Law, Divorce, Family Law
Status:  In Good Standing           

Mark Thomas Freeman

Car Accident, DUI-DWI, Child Custody, International Other
Status:  In Good Standing           

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LEGAL TERMS

COMPLAINT

Papers filed with a court clerk by the plaintiff to initiate a lawsuit by setting out facts and legal claims (usually called causes of action). In some states a... (more...)
Papers filed with a court clerk by the plaintiff to initiate a lawsuit by setting out facts and legal claims (usually called causes of action). In some states and in some types of legal actions, such as divorce, complaints are called petitions and the person filing is called the petitioner. To complete the initial stage of a lawsuit, the plaintiff's complaint must be served on the defendant, who then has the opportunity to respond by filing an answer. In practice, few lawyers prepare complaints from scratch. Instead they use -- and sometimes modify -- pre-drafted complaints widely available in form books.

STEPCHILD

A child born to your spouse before your marriage whom you have not legally adopted. If you adopt the child, he or she is legally treated just like a biological ... (more...)
A child born to your spouse before your marriage whom you have not legally adopted. If you adopt the child, he or she is legally treated just like a biological offspring. Under the Uniform Probate Code, followed in some states, a stepchild belongs in the same class as a biological child and will inherit property left 'to my children.' In other states, a stepchild is not treated like a biological child unless he or she can prove that the parental relationship was established when he or she was a minor and that adoption would have occurred but for some legal obstacle.

MARRIAGE

The legal union of two people. Once a couple is married, their rights and responsibilities toward one another concerning property and support are defined by the... (more...)
The legal union of two people. Once a couple is married, their rights and responsibilities toward one another concerning property and support are defined by the laws of the state in which they live. A marriage can only be terminated by a court granting a divorce or annulment. Compare common law marriage.

PETITIONER

A person who initiates a lawsuit. A synonym for plaintiff, used almost universally in some states and in others for certain types of lawsuits, most commonly div... (more...)
A person who initiates a lawsuit. A synonym for plaintiff, used almost universally in some states and in others for certain types of lawsuits, most commonly divorce and other family law cases.

INCURABLE INSANITY

A legal reason for obtaining either a fault divorce or a no-fault divorce. It is rarely used, however, because of the difficulty of proving both the insanity of... (more...)
A legal reason for obtaining either a fault divorce or a no-fault divorce. It is rarely used, however, because of the difficulty of proving both the insanity of the spouse being divorced and that the insanity is incurable.

PETITION (IMMIGRATION)

A formal request for a green card or a specific nonimmigrant (temporary) visa. In many cases, the petition must be filed by someone sponsoring the immigrant, su... (more...)
A formal request for a green card or a specific nonimmigrant (temporary) visa. In many cases, the petition must be filed by someone sponsoring the immigrant, such as a family member or employer. After the petition is approved, the immigrant may submit the actual visa or green card application.

CUSTODIAL INTERFERENCE

The taking of a child from his or her parent with the intent to interfere with that parent's physical custody of the child. This is a crime in most states, even... (more...)
The taking of a child from his or her parent with the intent to interfere with that parent's physical custody of the child. This is a crime in most states, even if the taker also has custody rights.

CUSTODIAN

A term used by the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act for the person named to manage property left to a child under the terms of that Act. The custodian will manag... (more...)
A term used by the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act for the person named to manage property left to a child under the terms of that Act. The custodian will manage the property if the gift giver dies before the child has reached the age specified by state law -- usually 21. When the child reaches the specified age, he will receive the property and the custodian will have no further role in its management.

CRUELTY

Any act of inflicting unnecessary emotional or physical pain. Cruelty or mental cruelty is the most frequently used fault ground for divorce because as a practi... (more...)
Any act of inflicting unnecessary emotional or physical pain. Cruelty or mental cruelty is the most frequently used fault ground for divorce because as a practical matter, courts will accept minor wrongs or disagreements as sufficient evidence of cruelty to justify the divorce.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

Tuetken v. Tuetken

... protected. See Tenn.Code Ann. § 36-6-106(a); Kendrick v. Shoemake, 90 SW3d 566, 570 (Tenn.2002) (holding that child custody awards are always subject to modification to ensure that the best interests of the child are protected). ...

Pippin v. Pippin

... However, our Supreme Court has held that a trial court may modify an award of child custody "when both a material change of circumstances has occurred and a change of custody is in the child's best interests." See Kendrick v. Shoemake, 90 SW3d 566, 568 (Tenn.2002). ...

In Matter of MLP

... Specifically, Father argued that Tennessee Code Annotated section 37-2-403 (2005 & Supp.2008), which requires the Tennessee Department of Children's Services to notify parents of this ground for termination when a child is in the custody of a state agency such as DCS, is ...