LAUREN EPHGRAVE JARRELL v. EMMETT BLAKE JARRELL - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Mar 28, 2012

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Loys A. “Trey” Jordan, Joseph B. Baker, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Emmett Blake Jarrell.

Attorneys 2:

Mitchel D. Moskovitz, Mary Morgan Whitfield, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellee, Lauren Ephgrave Jarrell.

Judge(s): HIGHERS

The parties’ Parenting Plan required that major decisions regarding religious upbringing be made jointly, and if no consensus could be reached, that the dispute be submitted to a mediator. Mother had the parties’ children baptized without Father’s knowledge or consent, and Father filed a petition for civil and criminal contempt against Mother. The trial court found Mother in civil contempt, but it dismissed the criminal contempt petition, apparently for insufficient notice. We reverse the trial court’s finding that Mother was in civil contempt, and its award of attorney fees to Father based upon the civil contempt finding. We also reverse the trial court’s dismissal of Father’s criminal contempt petition, and we remand for further criminal contempt proceedings.

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