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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on May 18, 2017

Head Comment: With concurring opinion.

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Janie Parks Varnell and Bryan H. Hoss, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellant, Claire Nicola Bell.

Attorneys 2:

Russell Anne Swafford, Dunlap, Tennessee, for the appellee, Timothy John Bell.

Judge(s): SWINEY

This appeal concerns visitation in a post-divorce setting. Claire Nicola Bell (“Mother”) and Timothy John Bell (“Father”) are parents of the two minor children at issue, ages eleven and seven at trial (“the Children”). Mother and Father divorced in 2012. Both parents were named “co-primary residential parents” and each parent received equal visitation time with the Children. Later, as the arrangement grew contentious, Mother filed a petition for modification seeking to be named exclusive primary residential parent. Father, in turn, filed a counter-petition seeking the same designation. A hearing was conducted before the Circuit Court for Hamilton County (“the Trial Court”). Afterward, the Trial Court named Father primary residential parent and awarded him increased visitation time with the Children. We affirm the judgment of the Trial Court.