MICHAEL DAVIS HOLMES v. MARIA ELIZABETH HOLMES

In this divorce action, the sole issue on appeal is the propriety of the trial court’s permanent parenting plan regarding the parties’ three children. Concerning co-parenting, the parties were alternating weeks with their children during the pendency of the divorce. At trial, the parties agreed to continuation of this schedule, which provided each party equal co-parenting time with the children. The issues announced for trial regarding the children were (1) which parent should be named primary residential parent and (2) which parent would have final decision-making authority. The trial court, however, chose to implement a “divided” custody arrangement, wherein father was awarded primary custody and decision-making authority during the school year while mother was awarded primary custody and decision-making authority during the summer. Mother appeals. Discerning no abuse of discretion, we affirm.

Attorney 1: 

Browder G. Williams, Kingston, Tennessee, for the appellant, Maria Elizabeth Holmes.

Attorney 2: 

John D. Lockridge and Mario L. Azevedo, II, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Michael Davis Holmes.

Judge: 
FRIERSON
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