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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on May 31, 2013

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Kimberly Lane Reed Bracey, Goodlettsville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Steve E. Dowlen.

Attorneys 2:

Gregory D. Smith, Clarksville, Tennessee; Charlotte Ann Fleming, Springfield, Tennessee, for the appellee, Luana A. Dowlen.

Judge(s): COTTRELL

Mother and Father were divorced in 2010, and Father filed a petition for modification of the parenting plan seven months later in an effort to reduce Mother’s parenting time. The trial court determined Father did not show a material change of circumstances and denied Father’s petition. Father appealed, alleging the trial court erred in four different ways: (1) concluding Father had not proved a material change of circumstances; (2) precluding Father from introducing evidence of Mother’s mental health prior to the divorce; (3) allowing the parenting plan to stay intact such that Mother is able to return to court to prove her mental stability and seek an increase in her parenting time; and (4) not awarding Father his attorney’s fees. We affirm the trial court’s judgment in all respects.