HEATHER LEWIS v. MICHAEL JAMES PARMERTER - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jan 31, 2017

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Johnnie Louis Johnson, III, Reston, Virginia, for the appellant, Michael James Parmerter.

Attorneys 2:

S. Brad Dozier, Brentwood, Tennessee, for the appellee, Heather Lewis.

Judge(s): DINKINS

Father appeals the order entered on the motion of the Mother of four children awarding her sole decision-making authority regarding the children’s religious upbringing and designating that the children attend her church, contending, among other things, that the mandate that the children attend Mother’s church violates his and the children’s freedom of religious expression, as protected by the Federal and Tennessee Constitutions. We hold that the court did not abuse its discretion in granting Mother sole authority regarding the children’s religious upbringing and modify the order to remove that portion specifying the church that the children are to attend.

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