Skip to navigation
Protecting What Matters Most to You Set Up an Initial Consultation

Tennessee Supreme Court Clarifies Parental Relocation Statute

Hughes Law March 17, 2017

The Tennessee Supreme Court reversed the decisions of the Montgomery County Chancery Court and The Court of Appeals yesterday when it released an opinion clarifying the Parental Relocation Statute.

The opinion stated the parent spending the majority of the time with the minor child should be given permission to move, so long as the parent wishing to relocate has a legitimate reason and absent the high standard burden of proof of the opposing parent.

The parent who opposes the move must prove one of three grounds for denying permission: (1) that the proposed move would pose a threat of serious harm to the child; (2) that the relocating parent’s motive is vindictive; or (3) that the move does not have a reasonable purpose.

To read the summary of the full Tennessee Supreme Court Opinion: