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Posted by: Landry Butler on Feb 2, 2017

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Joseph Martin Colley, Whitwell, Tennessee, pro se appellant.

Attorneys 2:

Trudy Bloodworth, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Alisha Dale McBee.

Judge(s): MCBRAYER

This case concerns modification of a parenting plan. Following her divorce in Tennessee, Mother moved with her child to Maryland. Father initially opposed the move, but an agreed order entered after the move adopted an amended permanent parenting plan, which named Mother the primary residential parent. The amended permanent parenting plan granted Father parenting time over the summer, during certain holidays, and when either Father traveled to Maryland or Mother traveled to Tennessee. After experiencing difficulties exercising parenting time and growing concern over Mother's care of the child, Father filed a petition requesting to be named primary residential parent. The trial court denied the request. Although it found a material change in circumstances based on the child's serious mental health issues, the court determined that it was in the best interest of the child to remain with Mother. Father appeals arguing that the trial court erred in: (1) finding it was in the child's best interest for Mother to remain the primary residential parent; (2) not finding Mother in contempt; and (3) awarding attorney's fees to Mother. We affirm the decision of the trial court.