Family Law Section

One of the goals of the Family Law Section is to bring practitioners together who share a common interest in family law. The section newsletter keeps practitioners abreast of changes in the law, as does the section’s annual CLE program.

Immediate Past Chair
Marks, Shell & Maness
233A Dunbar Cave Rd
Clarksville, TN 37043
(931)552-6000
Chair
Susan Mackenzie, Attorney at Law
2157 Madison Ave. #104
Memphis, TN 38104
(901)272-2729
Vice-Chair
Legal Aid of East Tennessee
PO Box 391
Cleveland, TN 34364
(423)402-4754

School Voucher Plan May Fall Short of Tuition Costs in Urban Areas

Governor Lee’s controversial school voucher program may fall short in its goal to provide alternative options for children of failing schools, particularly those from low-income families in urban districts, the Tennessean reports. The governor’s plan would provide families with up to $7,300 to fund private school tuition, however, that sum falls well short of the average cost of attending most private schools in urban areas. Detractors of the program argue that under its current iteration, the voucher program will do little to assist these children and would only take money away from public schools that desperately need funding. Proponents of the plan say that the funding disparity will be bridged with tuition assistance from the schools, or financial assistance from a third party. According to the plan, families would be required to make less than double the federal guidelines to qualify for free lunch, approximately $54,000 annually for a family of three or $65,000 annually for a family of four.

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Tennessee General Assembly Moves to Ban Child-Like Sex Dolls

Tennessee lawmakers last week advanced legislation that would bar possession or distribution of child-like sex dolls, the Tennessean reports. The ban is part of an amendment to HB1168/SB0659, which defines the entities “a child-like sex doll is an obscene anatomically correct doll, mannequin, or robot that is intended for sexual stimulation,” making possession of the dolls a Class E felony and distribution a Class A misdemeanor. A similar ban, known as the CREEPER Act, was submitted to the U.S. House in its last session. The Tennessee ban now heads to Governor Lee for his signature.

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