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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Apr 23, 2013

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Thomas F. Bloom, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Juan Francisco Rodriguez.

Attorneys 2:

Mark D. Slagle, Johnson City, Tennessee, for the appellee, Shantha Grace Pandian.

Judge(s): SWINEY

This appeal arises from a dispute over a parenting plan. Shantha Grace Pandian (“Mother”) sued Juan Francisco Rodriguez (“Father”) for divorce in the Circuit Court for Washington County (“the Trial Court”). The Trial Court granted the parties a divorce. The case then proceeded to focus on a parenting plan for the parties’ two children, Christopher and Ethan (collectively, “the Children”), both boys with different special needs. Father requested equal time with the Children on a weekly alternating basis. Mother, on the other hand, wanted to have the Children most of the time, and argued that Father’s plan would be too disruptive for the Children. The Trial Court entered a parenting plan designating Mother as the primary residential parent and granting her most of the time with the Children. Father appeals, arguing that the Trial Court should have adopted his proposal for equal custodial time with the Children. We affirm the judgment of the Trial Court.