IN RE: JADA C.H., a minor child - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Sep 18, 2012

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Shantell S. Suttle, Cordova, Tennessee, for the appellant, Tanyawa S.H.

Attorneys 2: Melinda Plass Jewell, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellee, Joseph C.

Judge(s): STAFFORD

This custody case arises from an agreed order of parentage. After Father’s paternity was established, he filed a petition in juvenile court for custody of the child. At the conclusion of several hearings that took place over a span of years, the juvenile court entered an order naming Father primary residential parent and awarding Mother weekend parenting time. Mother appealed. While awaiting appeal, Mother filed a petition to have the child declared dependent and neglected. The Special Judge presiding over that petition transferred Mother’s petition to Lake County, where Father and the child reside. In response to the allegations in Mother’s petition, Father filed a petition for an injunction and to have Mother’s future parenting time supervised. A different Special Judge granted Father’s request without a full hearing, stating that Mother’s parenting time would remain supervised until further orders of the court. No further orders were ever entered. We affirm the trial court’s order naming Father primary residential parent, but vacate the transfer of Mother’s petition to Lake County and the modification of Mother’s parenting time. Affirmed in part, vacated in part, and remanded for further proceedings.