A long-running child custody dispute that has received tremendous social media attention is yet again awaiting a court ruling. At the heart of the dispute is a 10-year-old girl who was adopted and brought to Tennessee as an infant and raised by foster parents. The girl's biological father had been convicted of a firearms crime and given a 15-year jail term, but his sentence was reduced and he was released earlier this year. He was subsequently given custody of his daughter by a Nebraska court, but that decision is being evaluated by a Tennessee appeals court.
Meanwhile, the girl has been returned to her father although she is technically a ward of the state of Nebraska, and is apparently doing well academically and socially, according to the father's lawyer. Further, jurisdiction on this child custody case had been shifted to Nebraska; however, the hearing has been deferred until the appeals court hands down its decision. The Tennessee court is thus also expected to weigh in on the jurisdiction issue.