Family Law Section

One of the goals of the Family Law Section is to bring practitioners together who share a common interest in family law. The section newsletter keeps practitioners abreast of changes in the law, as does the section’s annual CLE program.

Rogers Kamm & Shea
2205 State St
Nashville, TN 37203
Immediate Past Chair
Southeast Tennessee Legal Services
821 Houston St #203
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Shea Moskovitz Mcghee
530 Oak Court Dr, Ste 355
Memphis, TN 38117-3733

Tullahoma City Attorney Stepping Down

After six years as Tullahoma city attorney, Randall Morrison has decided to step down and refocus his attention on building his private law practice. He recently added William Lockhart as a new partner to his firm and will be changing the firm’s name to Morrison & Lockhart, Tullahoma News reports. Morrison will continue to handle divorce and child custody cases but with the addition of Lockhart, the firm’s focus will expand to include criminal law, workers' compensation cases and personal injury cases.

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Court Alters Requirements for Terminating Parental Rights

The Tennessee Supreme Court held today that the state statute governing termination of parental rights does not require the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services to prove as an essential element of its case that it made reasonable efforts to reunite the child with the parent(s) before parental rights can be terminated. Instead, the court found that the extent of the effort to reunify a parent and child is only one of several factors to be weighed in determining whether termination is in the best interest of the child. The ruling overturns previous holdings that DCS is required to prove reasonable efforts to reunify as a precondition to terminating the parent’s rights. Read more from the AOC.

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