What's going on with parenting forms and the Tennessee courts?

Yesterday Fox 17 in Nashville reported that the Administrative Office of the Courts in Tennessee was changing parenting forms from "mother" and "father" to "parent 1" and "parent 2."  The change would have put Tennessee more in line with the Supreme Court marriage decision.

After the Fox 17 story ran, we began hearing that the AOC had reversed themselves and reverted back to the old forms for now.

So we contacted the AOC and here's what the Director of Communications said today:

Mr. Sanders,
The parenting plan forms were changed from mother and father to parent 1 and part 2.
 
After receiving feedback regarding a recent change made to the permanent parenting plan form, the AOC has reviewed the procedures and determined that, before making any changes to the form, the AOC should consult with the Domestic Relations Committee of the Tennessee Judicial Conference.
 
We have reverted to the previous form and the Committee has been notified.
Here are things to note:
1.  It is encouraging that the courts in Tennessee realized that their forms needed to reflect the realities of the families involved in parenting.
2.  It is discouraging that the courts bent to the pressure of Right wing legislators.
3.  But it's not the end of the process.  The courts will look at the issue closely and there is still an opportunity to provide inclusive forms. 
TEP will monitor the process and keep you updated.

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