TBI investigating missing attorney

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating Clarksville attorney Van L. Riggins Jr., who has been accused of stealing about $200,000 of client money, the Leaf-Chronicle reports. Riggins was reported missing by his wife Oct. 14 and his law license was suspended earlier this week for misappropriating money for his own use and abandoning his practice. Read the full story.

http://www.theleafchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061110/NEWS01/611100337/1002

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THOMAS EDWARD GERVAIS v. CRISTI MICHELLE GERVAIS (Now DUEKER)

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Carrie W. Gasaway, Clarksville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Thomas Edward Gervais

Gregory D. Smith, Clarksville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Cristi Michelle Gervais (Now Dueker)

Judge: COTTRELL

A Texas court granted a divorce to an Air Force couple stationed in that state and named the mother primary custodian of the coupleís two daughters. While both parents were deployed overseas, the children lived with their grandparents in Tennessee. Father filed a petition in Tennessee for a change of custody. At the time the petition was heard, the mother had returned to the states and was living with the children at an Illinois air base, and the father was stationed in Alaska. The trial court denied the fatherís petition, finding that he had failed to prove that a material change of circumstances had occurred which could not have been anticipated at the time of the initial custody determination. We affirm.

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