Child-Support Issues Raised in Williamson Co., TN: Sansom v. Sansom

Herston on Tennessee Family Law

Facts: Mother and Father are the divorced parents of Child. This appeal involved several postdivorce disputes, only two of which are noteworthy:

  • the dispute over what constitutes a “day” for child-support purposes, and
  • the trial court’s calculation of Father’s gross income for child-support purposes.

cat child supportRegarding the calculation of parenting time, Father argued the agreed parenting plan entered at the time of divorce was incorrect. It said he has 140 days of parenting time each year. Father argued that the correct amount is 208 days. The trial court disagreed.

Regarding Father’s income for child-support purposes, the proof showed that Father received a piece of real estate as a gift. The trial court determined Father’s gross monthly income to be $8477:

  • farm income: $3500;
  • dividend & interest: $742;
  • capital gains: $1183;
  • annual cash gift: $1166; and
  • gift of real estate: $1886.

Regarding the gift of real estate, Mother’s attorney explained that…

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Nursery worker admits to holding child upside down and then dropping her #Fraserburgh


India Mitchell will be sentenced next month.

May 16, 2017

A nursery assistant has admitted recklessly picking a toddler up by the ankles and dropping her on her head.

The two-year-old girl suffered friction burns after being dropped on the ground at a nursery in Fraserburgh last year.

Yesterday, India Mitchell admitted behaving culpably and recklessly when she appeared at Peterhead Sheriff Court.

The 21-year-old’s actions were spotted by another member of staff at the nursery – but the guardian of the tot last night claimed it took six days for her to be told.

She said the ordeal had been “upsetting” for everyone involved.

“It’s the nursery’s fault,” she added.

“It was six days before I found out about what had happened. When I did I moved her to another nursery.”

Mitchell, of Wallace Way, Fraserburgh, had also been accused of assaulting a boy at the nursery by vacuuming his…

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Pope Francis Absolves 2,000 Pedophile Priests – “No Arrests Necessary”


May 15, 2017

Pope Francis has come under fire after announcing that over 2,000 pedophile priests will not face criminal prosecution and may be absolved by the Vatican for their heinous crimes. 

Speaking to reporters aboard the Papal plane on Saturday, Francis responded to criticism leveled at the Vatican’s handling of sex abuse cases by Marie Collins – an Irish child abuse survivor who resigned from Francis’ internal sex abuse advisory commission in March.

According to Fox News, Pope Francis acknowledged that the Vatican has a 2,000-case backlog in processing clerical sex abuse cases and says criticism of the slow pace was justified. But he says more staff are being added and insists the Vatican is ‘on the right path.’

In this instance, “on the right path” likely means “we’re going to do nothing about it.”  The Church has a long and dark history of covering up pedophilia casesand protecting priests caught raping…

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LEFT OFF LIST: #FortAugustusAbbey NOT one of schools being examined by #CSAInquiry


VICTIMS who claim they suffered horrific sexual abuse at a Scots school have been snubbed by an official inquiry – despite being backed by the PM who said they helped set it up.

When she was Home Secretary, Theresa May wrote to a former pupil of Fort Augustus Abbey school to thank him for his “invaluable” help setting up the English Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in 2015.

But the evidence of former Scottish pupils like him who attended that infamous boarding school is now unlikely to be heard at the powerful inquiry in London.

Last week, Fort Augustus Abbey was left off the list of schools to be examined by the IICSA later this year.

The snub has prompted fury among those who claim their lives were ruined by what they experienced at the boarding school.

Last night one victim told The Sunday Post: “This has come out…

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There must be something we learn from our past…..

Patricia McKnight ~~ My Justice

Permit a few moments please. You will find all of my contact information below in the signature area of this email if you decide to speak with me, which of course I hope you do.
For three years I’ve been meeting with, speaking to, collaborating via email, and gaining support through speaking venues; encouraging our legislators in Illinois to update our Statute of Limitations for Sex Crimes Against Children & Human Trafficking. Sadly in our rather rural areas family members are usually the ones who share the kids with others in what is often just random private parties at their house or at the homes of others. It happens everyday, but we turn our heads and ignore the deep sorrow and trauma.
Along with this nightmare is also the blatant disregard which can often be horrific neglect, emotional trauma, threats, what I often refer to as ‘terroristic’ actions. These are…

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Will genetically-informed medicine upend medical confidentiality?

UK Human Rights Blog

ABC v St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust and Others [2017] EWCA Civ 336 – read judgment

All the advocates in this case are from 1 Crown Office Row. Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC, Henry Witcomb QC and Jim Duffy for the Appellant, and Philip Havers QC and Hannah Noyce for the Respondents. None of them were involved in the writing of this post.

In a fascinating twist to the drama of futuristic diagnosis, the Court of Appeal has allowed an argument that doctors treating a Huntington’s patient should have imparted information about his diagnosis to his pregnant daughter to go to trial.

The background to this case is outlined in my earlier post on Nicol J’s ruling in the court below. A patient with an inherited fatal disease asked his doctors not to disclose information to his daughter. The daughter came upon this information accidentally, shortly after the birth of her child, and found, after a genetic test…

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Sanctuary? Are You Sure?

Improving Police

So you think you are a sanctuary city? You might want to read this:

“Local criminal justice policies, such as vagrancy laws and cash bail requirements, endanger vulnerable immigrant populations and undercut the promise of ‘sanctuary’ cities, according to a report released today by Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project, the Immigrant Defense Project, and the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. The report urges city and county leaders who want to protect immigrants to act swiftly to end harmful criminal justice practices that criminalize poverty and send undocumented residents into the deportation pipeline.

“The report states, ‘Broken windows [policing] and other policies that harshly penalize low-level offenses have laid the groundwork for President Trump to identify, and then deport, immigrants charged with the smallest infractions: urinating in public, driving without a license, subway turnstile jumping, or using a small quantity of…

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