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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jan 31, 2017

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Edwin C. Lenow, Memphis, Tennessee, for appellant, Alexandra Alvis-Crawford.

Attorneys 2:

Paola Palazzolo-West, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellee, Jonathan D. Grigsby.

Judge(s): SUSANO

This custody dispute involves the child born to Jonathan D. Grigsby (Father) and Alexandra Alvis-Crawford (Mother). In July 2014, the parties were residing together when Mother moved out of the house with the child and refused to let Father see or talk to him. Shortly thereafter, Mother had medical issues and was admitted to the hospital where she remained until September 2014. During this time, the child lived in the home of the maternal grandparents of the child. Because the maternal grandparents refused to allow Father to see or speak with the child, he filed a petition seeking an ex parte order for immediate custody of his minor child. Based on Father?s petition, the trial court entered an order finding that the grandparents were unlawfully keeping the child from Father. The trial court gave Father immediate temporary custody of the child. The trial court did not make a permanent custody determination at that time. In December 2014, Mother filed a petition for custody. In January 2016, the trial court held a hearing on Father?s amended emergency petition and Mother?s petition. The trial court found that it is in the best interest of the child to stay with Father. Accordingly, the court designated Father as the primary residential parent. Mother appeals. We affirm.