A restraining order has been filed against a Dothan City commissioner in connection to divorce proceedings he is facing.
Court records show a Coffee County Circuit Court judge signed a temporary restraining order on Monday against 43-year-old Taylor Pippin Barbaree. Barbaree serves as Dothan’s District 5 city commissioner.
Circuit Court Judge Thomas Head ordered the Houston County Sheriff’s Office to enforce a temporary restraining order filed against Barbaree by his wife, Jenna Barbaree. According to the order, the court has barred Barbaree from coming within 100 yards of Jenna Barbaree and their two children, ages 6 and 10, which includes their place of work, school, or residence, with the exception of a supervised visit.
In conjunction with the restraining order the court also granted Jenna Barbaree temporary custody of the two children.
Records show the restraining order stemmed from an incident in which Dothan police were called to the family home in connection to a domestic situation.
The court granted what was referred to as an “emergency” request for temporary custody and restraining order in connection to a divorce filing made by Jenna Barbaree on Jan. 9.
No criminal charges have been filed by any local law enforcement agency.
Head said in the restraining and temporary custody order that other hearings will be set to discuss ongoing issues in the case.
Taylor Barbaree was sworn back into office in September after residents elected him to serve his third term of office as a City of Dothan commissioner.
Attorney Bryan Blackwell, who represents Jenna Barbaree, said they filed the divorce and restraining order request in Coffee County Circuit Court because the defendant, Taylor Barbaree, serves in public office in Houston County. Blackwell said any judge in Houston County likely would have to recuse themselves from presiding over the case if they filed in Houston County.
Blackwell also said a divorce can be filed in any county regardless of whether either party lives in the county.
Attorney Derek Yarbrough, who represents Taylor Barbaree in the divorce proceedings, said it’s not all that uncommon for a restraining order to be filed in divorce cases.
“We believe that some of the allegations put in the restraining order were kind of taken out of context by the wife,” Yarbrough said. “At this point and time this is kind of an emotional situation for Taylor going through a divorce, and kids being involved.”
Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz told the Eagle he is aware of the court action.
“I don’t believe it is my place to comment on someone’s personal life,” Schmitz said.
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