Vanderbilt Law Review


T. A. Smedley

First Page



Though most of the family law decisions of the supreme court and appellate courts of Tennessee reported during 1964 were of the common garden variety, four cases presented issues of notable significance, and in three of them the supreme court seems to have decided questions of first impression in this jurisdiction. As usual, the most common cause of controversy lay in matters of alimony, child support, and property settlements; but there were also decisions regarding grounds for divorce, child custody, the wife's right to damages for loss of the husband's consortium, and the parents' liability for a child's tort. Three other decisions are of interest mainly because of the conflict-of-laws problem presented, and these will be dealt with in the Conflicts section of the Survey.