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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Mar 22, 2016

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Connie Reguli and Megan Woodson Miller, Brentwood, Tennessee, for the appellant, Mandy Jo Masse Cottar.

Attorneys 2:

L. Robert Grefseng, Columbia, Tennessee, for the appellee, Timothy Wayne Masse.

Judge(s): BENNETT

Mother and Father were married for eight years and had three children when they divorced in 2009. Mother was named the primary residential parent, and each party was awarded equal residential time with the children. In 2010 Mother moved from Spring Hill, where the parties had lived during their marriage, to Goodlettsville. When Mother attempted to remove the children from Maury County schools and enroll them in Robertson County schools, Father filed a petition to modify the parenting plan and to be named the primary residential parent. Following a trial, the court found that the parties’ failure to follow the parenting plan constituted a material change of circumstances and that it was in the children’s best interest for the primary residential parent designation to change from Mother to Father. Mother appealed, and we affirm the trial court’s judgment.