Guardianship Reversed in Memphis: In re Guardianship of Taylour L.

Herston on Tennessee Family Law

Knoxville family law attorneysFacts: Mother and Father married and had three children. After nine years of marriage, they separated and never lived together as husband and wife following their separation.

Four years after their separation, Mother filed for divorce.

Almost two years after filing for divorce, Mother was tragically shot and killed in the line of duty as a police officer with the Memphis Police Department while serving a search warrant.

The children’s maternal grandmother filed a petition seeking to be appointed guardian for the children. Grandmother asserted that Father had a history of domestic abuse and had failed to pay child support or participate in the children’s lives for the past three years.

Father filed a counter-petition seeking guardianship of the children.

The trial court emphasized the proceeding was “not a custody proceeding” and, therefore, the trial court proceeded with a best interest analysis under the guardianship statutes at Tennessee…

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