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.

Immediate Past Chair
Marks, Shell & Maness
233A Dunbar Cave Rd
Clarksville, TN 37043
(931)552-6000
Chair
Susan Mackenzie, Attorney at Law
2157 Madison Ave. #104
Memphis, TN 38104
(901)272-2729
Vice-Chair
Legal Aid of East Tennessee
166 North Ocoee Street
Cleveland, TN 34311
(423)402-4754
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219
(615)383-7421

New Alimony Bench Book Available

The 15th Edition Alimony Bench Book is now available. TBA Family Law Section members can download the book free from the section's resource page after logging in. Others can purchase a loose-leaf printed version of this publication for $40 per book ($50 in a 3-ring binder) from the online TBA Bookstore or by contacting the TBA at (615) 383-7421. The book, which includes published and unpublished cases from Aug. 8, 2003, through Dec. 31, 2016, is compiled by the section's Alimony Committee under direction of its chair, Amy Amundsen.

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Woman Files Lawsuit Against Rutherford County Regarding Guilty Plea in Child Abuse Case

A woman who pleaded guilty to aggravated child abuse in 2007 is suing the Murfreesboro Police Department and Rutherford County, claiming the plea was made under duress, The Daily News Journal reports. Catherin Funk-Vaughn filed the pro se lawsuit in federal court on Nov. 28, asking for $9.9 million, alleging she thought that she was pleading to a diversion charge — not a guilty plea — and that her attorney told her the only way she would see her children again was if she pleaded guilty. She also says her name was misspelled as “Catherine” on court documents, making them void and claims violations against several of her constitutional rights. Funk-Vaughn has also filed a separate suit against the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

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