'Split the Baby' bill amended, adopted

Legislation that would have required 50/50 parenting time unless the other parent was unfit was amended today and recommended for passage by the Family Justice subcommittee of the House Children and Family Affairs Committee. The amendment removes the presumption but requires consideration of maximum participation in the life of the child consistent with the best interests of the child. For more coverage, read an editorial from The Tennessean opposed to the bill, and an opinion piece by Sen. Dewayne Bunch supporting it.

The action came after presentation of a Special Report prepared by the Administrative Office of the Courts and the Tennessee Bar Association, giving an overview of family law statistics in Tennessee.

See the special report and its appendices

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Court: TCCA


Rebecca G. Coffee, Memphis, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Amos Oyeleye.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; John H. Bledsoe, Assistant Attorney General; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; Abby Wallace, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.


A Shelby County jury convicted the Defendant, Amos Oyeleye, of robbery, and the trial court sentenced him to five years of incarceration. On appeal, the Defendant contends that the evidence is insufficient to support his conviction and that the trial court erred when it set the length of his sentence. After a thorough review of the record and the applicable law, we affirm the trial court's judgment.



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