As of July 1 the relocation laws in Tennessee have changed. The new statute is being applied remedially in Davidson County, how it will be handled in other counties is still up in the air. This means even if you begun the relocation process prior to July 1, the new laws will apply. The standards have changed and now we get to argue a best interests test regarding the relocation. Previously, if a primary parent wanted to move and you had less than 152 days it was nearly impossible to stop the relocation of the children from happening. It will be interesting to watch how the caselaw changes and how the court deals with agreements that predate the July 1 change over the next 12 to 24 months. Most likely, I suspect we will be utilizing and looking at the caselaw from relocations involving parents with substantially equal time, but it provides for some extra creatively until the dust settles.
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