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Aragon v. Aragon
Tennessee Supreme Court
513 S.W.3d 447 (2017)
When Cassidy Aragon (defendant) and Reynaldo Aragon (plaintiff) divorced, their agreed parenting plan did not designate a primary residential parent for their daughter. Both lived in Tennessee, but Cassidy worked overseas, so Reynaldo had substantially more parenting time and also took care of Cassidy’s older daughter from a previous relationship. After nursing school, Reynaldo got a job offer in Arizona near his family and petitioned to relocate with their daughter. Cassidy no longer worked overseas and contested the move, claiming it would interfere with her parenting time and separate their daughter from her half sister. The trial court denied relocation, reasoning that Reynaldo had not shown that Arizona offered better job opportunities than Tennessee because he had not applied for jobs there. Instead, the court designated Cassidy the primary residential parent. Reynaldo appealed, and the appellate court remanded for consideration of the child’s best interest. The trial court reiterated that the move served no reasonable purpose and that primary residential custody with Cassidy served the child’s best interest. Reynaldo appealed again, and the appellate court affirmed. Reynaldo appealed to the Tennessee Supreme Court.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Kirby, J.)
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