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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Dec 20, 2017
In a case involving the custody of two minor children, the Tennessee Supreme Court determined that the father had established that a material change of circumstances had occurred and that it was in the children’s best interests for the father to be designated as the primary residential parent. Previously, a juvenile court ruled that the mother's newly discovered employment at the Moonlight Bunny Ranch in Nevada, as well as what the court determined as her hostility towards the father, was enough to establish a material change of circumstance. The mother appealed and the appellate court reversed the ruling. When the case made it to the Supreme Court, the court concluded that the Court of Appeals usurped the role of the juvenile court by declining to extend deference to the juvenile court’s findings. The unanimous opinion was written by Justice Roger A. Page.