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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Apr 29, 2014

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Angela Snider and Gayra M. Hall, Jackson, Tennessee, for Appellant Lisa Rawlings Redmon

Attorneys 2:

George Douglas Norton, Jr., Selmer, Tennessee, for Appellee Brent Alan Redmon

Judge(s): KIRBY

This appeal involves post-divorce parental relocation. The parties were divorced in Tennessee, and the mother was designated as the primary residential parent for the parties’ minor child. After the divorce, the mother graduated from a nurse practitioner program and obtained a job offer in Mississippi. She notified the father of her intent to relocate with the parties’ child. The father objected and filed a petition opposing her relocation. At trial, the father argued that the proposed relocation did not have a reasonable purpose under Tenn. Code Ann. § 36-6-108(d)(1), in that the mother failed to apply for nurse practitioner jobs in Tennessee. The trial court agreed with the father and denied the mother permission to relocate with the child. The mother appeals. We hold that, by failing to submit proof of comparable jobs in Tennessee for which the mother was qualified, the father did not meet his burden of proving that the mother’s proposed relocation did not have a reasonable purpose. Therefore, we reverse.