Modifying Parenting Plans Now Easier In Tennessee


The Tennessee Supreme Court recently ruled that parenting plans for divorced parents can be modified by any change in circumstance, even those changes that could have been foreseen at the time the original parenting plan was established.  Until the decision in Andrew K. Armbrister v. Melissa H. Armbrister was released on October 21, 2013, any significant changes in circumstances that were reasonably foreseeable at the time of the original parenting plan was enacted were not grounds for modification.

This ruling should greatly increase the number of Petitions to Modify Parenting Plans that are granted by Judges throughout Tennessee. A parent is who attempting to modify the residential schedule of a parenting plan no longer has the burden to prove that the change in circumstance was not anticipated or foreseen at the time of the Final Decree.  A remarriage, a change in stability of a lifestyle, children growing older and other “foreseen” circumstances can now be used to modify a residential schedule in a permanent parenting plan.

Call Paul at 615-256-4747 or contact him online to schedule a free consultation to discuss a possible change in Parenting Plan if your circumstances have changed since your divorce.  The Paul D. Jeter Law Firm is located in the Historic Washington Square Building in Downtown Nashville and Paul has successfully represented clients from all over Tennessee, including: Nashville, Franklin, Memphis, Gallatin, Hendersonville, Lebanon, Columbia, Murfreesboro, Brentwood and Dickson.