- Playing the Contempt Card (1 credit) – Family law litigation can become emotionally charged. When tempers are running high or patience is wearing thin, threatening to pursue or pursing a proceeding for contempt may become an attractive option. It can also backfire. This program will (a) address the substantive and procedural differences between civil and criminal contempt, (b) review the circumstances when it is appropriate or inappropriate to pursue contempt sanctions, and (c) discuss the most effective ways to seek contempt sanctions.
- Parental Relocation (1 credit) – In every family law proceeding involving children, the shared goal of the parents and the court is to work out a parenting plan that will be in the child’s best interests. The decision is based on the parents’ circumstances at the time of the hearing. However, in today’s fast-moving and mobile world, the circumstances of the parents frequently change, and these changes often require revisiting and revising a settled parenting arrangement. For the past 20 years, the legislature has attempted to provide a statutory framework for parents and the courts to address parental relocation – the most frequent basis for seeking modifications in a parenting plan. The 2018 amendments to Tenn. Code Ann. § 36-6-108 alter how these decisions is made. This program will focus on the operation of the parental relocation statute and the effect that the 2018 amendments will have on proceedings to amend a parenting plan based on the relocation of one or both parents.
- Obtaining the Judge’s Approval of Marital Dissolution Agreements and Agreed Permanent Parenting Plans (1 credit) – In family law proceedings, trial judges act as parens patriae to do what is in the best interests of the children. Accordingly, the judges are not required to accept the divorcing parties’ marital dissolution agreements or agreed upon parenting plans. Likewise, they are not required to accept the result of a mediation between the parties. This program will focus on the essential matters that trial court will consider when asked to approve an MDA or an agreed upon PPP. It will also review the items that will raise “red flags” for the judges, as well as the common mistakes made by parties and their lawyers.
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