HEATHER KAILONI LAWSON (STEWART) v. MICHAEL SHERMAN STEWART - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Sep 28, 2017

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Cindy Morgan, Sparta, Tennessee, for the appellant, Michael Stewart.

Attorneys 2:

Cynthia S. Lyons, Cookeville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Heather Kailoni Lawson (Stewart).

Judge(s): GOLDIN

This is a post-divorce proceeding commenced by Mother to modify an existing permanent parenting plan. The trial court entered a default judgment, and then, without conducting an evidentiary hearing, adopted the parenting plan attached to Mother’s petition, decreased Father’s visitation time, and increased his monthly child support obligation. Father filed a motion to set aside the default judgment, which the trial court treated as a motion to alter or amend the judgment, and denied the motion. Father timely appealed. Because the trial court’s order does not contain sufficient findings regarding the modification, we vacate the judgment and remand for further proceedings consistent with this Opinion.