Margaret M. Chesney

Margaret M. Chesney

Margaret M. Chesney

Margaret practices solely in the area of family law and domestic relations litigation, which include divorce, child support, child custody, parenting plans, parent relocation, adoption, termination of parental rights, grandparent custody and visitation, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Margaret practices across the state of Tennessee.

Margaret is a Rule 31 Listed Family Mediator, who has also been specially trained in Domestic Violence Issues.  Margaret uses her legal experience to assist parties to resolve their disputes through mediation rather than litigation.

Margaret is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, graduated from St. Mary’s Episcopal School in 1991, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English Literature in 1995, and graduated from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2000.

Margaret is a member of the American, Tennessee, and Memphis Bar Associations and is a member of the Family Law Sections of each of those associations. Margaret was nominated to participate in the Memphis Bar Association’s Leadership Forum in 2008-2009. Margaret served as the Treasurer for the Family Law Section of the Memphis Bar Association in 2007-2008. Margaret attended the prestigious American Bar Association Family Law Section Trial Advocacy Institute in 2007. Margaret was elected to the Board of Directors for the Memphis Bar Association Young Lawyers Division for 2005-2006 and 2006-2007. Margaret was nominated to participate in the Leo Bearman American Inns of Court in 2003-2005. Margaret is admitted to practice law in the Juvenile, Chancery and Circuit Courts of Shelby County, Tennessee, as well as the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Western Division, the Supreme Court of Tennessee, the U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee, and the U.S. District Court, Eastern Division.

Margaret presented “Joint Shared Custody Issues and Considerations” at the Memphis Bar Association’s Family Law Update in August 2011. Margaret also was a co-presenter, along with Melissa C. Berry, Esq. and Amy H. Cannon, Esq., of “How to Get Records, Including Medical, Psychological/Counseling, DCS, IV-D and Employment” at the Memphis Bar Association’s Bench Bar Conference in May of 2011.

Margaret was a presenter for a series of Child Support Seminars, open to the public, in the Spring of 2007. She co-authored “faith and Divorce” with Rebecca M. Miller, Esq., which was included in the materials for the Continuing Legal Education presentation for the American Bar Association Family Law Section annual meeting in Monterrey, California, in April 2007. Margaret presented “Beyond Child Support,” co-authored with Robert Vance, CPA, CVA, CFP, for the Continuing Legal Education presentation for the American Bar Association Family Law Section annual meeting in Memphis, Tennessee in October 2007. Margaret’s unreported cases include Ruder v. Ruder, 2008 WL 4368236 Tennessee Court of Appeals, September 2008.