Parent Granted Sole Decision-Making Authority over Children’s Religious Upbringing in Sparta, TN Postdivorce Dispute: Lewis v. Parmerter

Herston on Tennessee Family Law

Facts: Mother and Father are the parents of four children. When they divorced, their agreed parenting plan designated Mother as the primary residential parent and gave both parents joint decision-making authority regarding the children’s religious upbringing.

Although the record is unclear, it appears Father moved to modify the parenting plan in some way (the motion was not included in the record on appeal).

knoxville divorceThe proof revealed extensive conflict over the children’s religious upbringing. Since the divorce, the parties have filed numerous petitions for contempt, orders of protection, and motions to modify the parenting plan arising out of, among other disagreements, the control of their children and their religious beliefs. Much of this conflict centers around Father’s refusal or interference with his children participating in extracurricular activities, such as Scouts, football, and other sports which he claims violates his religious beliefs.

The children’s therapist stated that one child “has become…

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